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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-527

Garner, T W J (2002). Genome size and microsatellites: the effect of nuclear size on amplification potential. Genome, 45(1):212-215.

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Although the frequency of microsatellite DNA regions generally increases with increasing genome size, genome size has a negative effect on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification. Thus, researchers developing sets of PCR primers, as is commonly done for microsatellite DNA regions, may encounter greater difficulty when working with species that have larger genomes. I investigated the effect of genome size on overall amplification success using data from nine different metazoan taxa. The proportion of primer sets that did not amplify PCR products was strongly and positively correlated with the haploid C value of the target species. Increasing genome size may affect amplification success negatively because of a decrease in target:nontarget DNA or by dilution of the available primer pool by nonspecific binding.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Date:1 February 2002
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:15
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:14
Publisher:NRC Research Press
Publisher DOI:10.1139/g01-113
PubMed ID:11911119

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