Polymerase Chain Reaction is a method of replicating DNA exponentially from even a single molecule.

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Are there issues with filling PCR tubes to capacity?

I'm planning to scale up a PCR reaction, and I'm wondering if filling the PCR tubes to the maximum volume of 200 ul would be a problem. It would mean a lot less pipetting as I would only need 1/4 of ...
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Does an annealing temp higher than primer's Tm contribute to primer dimer?

I am attempting to reproduce results from a number of journal articles all referring to the same SNP. In doing this I'm using the same primer set outlined in the articles. When I attempted a run the ...
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Deletion errors with Phusion Polymerase?

I was wondering if anyone has ever seen large deletions (~40-50 bp) occur when using phusion polymerase to clone a gene. I have recently tried using Circular Polymerase Extension cloning to clone a ...
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Why is the number of PCR cycles limited?

I've been told that the maximum number of cycles in PCR is between 20 and 30. Is this true, and what are the reasons for this limitation?
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What is the least costly method to generate sequential amino acid deletions?

I'm looking to generation sequential deletions from a gene of interest. The total size of this region is 8 amino acids. I'm trying to determine which portion of this region is necessary within the ...
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How to clone and sequence a gene transcript of unknown sequence?

How might I go about amplifying a gene transcript (mRNA) from animal tissue of which little is known about the genome? In some applications, I have used reverse transcriptase PCR to amplify all mRNA ...
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Basic question about multiplex PCR

Let's say I have a DNA sequence with the following structure: $$ 5' - N_n - S_1 - N_{1000} - S_2 - N_{1000} - S_3 - N_n - 3' $$ Here, the $N$s represent stretches of arbitrary sequence of the ...
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How does LCR compare to Assembly PCR

The question pretty much explains itself. How do the two methods compare? I've always used Assembly PCR but the method is prone to mistakes and I'm curious how it compares to Ligase Chain Reaction ...
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When designing primers how important is the GC clamp?

I'm designing a set of primers and reading about the principles of primer design one of which is: GC Clamp: The presence of G or C bases within the last five bases from the 3' end of primers (GC ...
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PCR amplification and error propagation

Say I have one dsDNA that undergoes normal PCR (where amplification is exponential). If there is a mistake, say a G is swapped for an A during the 2nd round of replication, what percentage of the ...
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Reverse transcription PCR optimization

What is the ideal amount of RNA to use for the RT? and how much cDNA to use then for the PCR? I did RT with a solution of RNA of 0.36 ug/ul. Then for my PCR I used 1 ul of the cDNA obtained and used ...
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Possible reasons for DNA getting stuck in well

I am in the process of Library preparation for Illumina MI-Seq using mtDNA. Using NEB Hotstart LongAmp Polymerase, I was able to obtain upto 10kb amplicons of mtDNA. However, when I switched to a ...
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Is there a detectable amount of bacterial DNA in the blood of infected persons?

With which bacterial infection in humans has it been shown that bacterial DNA can be found in the blood? If any is found it is likely not to be very much, and even difficult to distinguish from ...
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Sequencing from PCR

As far as I understand it, PCR can be used to make many copies of one gene. My question is, is it possible to sequence DNA after PCR and is it easier than sequencing it via other methods. If it is ...
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Real time PCR normalization algorithm

When performing normalization of real time PCR results, I found two ways of doing it: In my lab they follow the next layout: $\text{Efficiency}^{-(CT\ _{\large\text{interest gene}} - CT ...
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Analysing the results of real-time PCR

I want to evaluate the level of gene expression by real-time PCR. I have five controls that are "clinically" the same. I calculated the "fold change" of the target gene regarding each control. What ...
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Basic step by step methods for PCR & Gel electrophoresis class

I'm teaching a class how to do PCR & gel electrophoresis soon and would like it if you could check through my basic step by step instructions - it's a while since I've done one. Is there anything ...
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How are DNA polymerase error rates measured?

It is well known that the first DNA polymerase, Taq, is quite error prone. Newer generation commercial enzymes that have either been isolated from different thermophile species or have been improved ...
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PCR primer in highly repetitive region

Is there any way to design a PCR primer if region of interest is highly repetitive (tens of kilobases only SINE's & LINE's)?
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Equation for accurate prediction of PCR yield

It is a cliche of freshman biology labs to point out that "every cycle of PCR doubles the DNA, so the yield will be $2^{cycles}$ times the template amount". However, if this were true, 1 ng of ...
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Primer Dimer / Hairpin Algorithms

What are the algorithms / methods in use for the calculation of primer dimers and hairpins? As an example, IDT's OligoAnalyzer tool will generate these analysis given particular sequences. The ...
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Need to make a library of mammalian coding sequences

I want to clone ~100 different coding sequences from human or mouse into an expression vector to analyze phenotypes in tissue culture. I can do all of the steps, but I'm not sure what I should use as ...
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Is there a strong reason to be sceptical about the “cured HIV patient” being reported by mainstream media?

There's a story going round the news about a baby that was, apparently, cured of HIV using a cocktail of drugs at an early age. The story piqued my interest, but details seem scarce. One of the main ...
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Good pipetting technique?

Good pipetting technique is essential for many biologists, but it can be hard to get right. When I take 1 µl of liquid using a micropipette, I seem to always take less than 1 µl, and that amount is ...
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No bands show up in gel electrophoresis, not even marker

I haven't seen any gel lanes in neither my PCR samples nor the marker itself when photographing them. This is not my first time performing 1.2% agarose gel electrophoresis. I see gel lanes when I ...
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pfu Turbo DNA polymerase AD

What is the duration (Life") of pfu turbo DNA polymerase AD. I am trying o Amplification a 3.3kb fragment and the PCR schedule is 6 hours long. The manufacturers notes just specify that its activity ...
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Purifying large amounts of PCR product

I have had trouble purifying very large quantities of pure PCR product. We are using these as templates for the reconstitution of nucleosomes and I require hundreds of micrograms to milligrams of ...
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DNA content in plant seeds vs. fruit flesh

Is there a publication comparing DNA yield and/or PCR-amplifiability after extraction from fruit flesh (like apples, oranges, cherries etc) in comparison to seeds of the same fruits? I would prefer a ...
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Effect of single nucleotide deletion or insertion on primer annealing

How is primer annealing, and, consequently, PCR amplification affected by single nucleotide deletion or insertion inside the primer ? Imagine a primer like this: GCGTCATAAAGGGGACGTG (primer) and ...
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Does bleach destroy RNAse activity, and if so, how does it do it?

I am working with RNA samples, and I'm trying to be very careful about RNAse contamination. I have some questions about bleach, though. Some people say that a solution of bleach is enough to destroy ...
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Freezing after restriction digest

Brief question: I have performed a double digest with heat inactivated restriction enzymes with no star activity. I usually purify the DNA (PCR inserts and linearised vector) using a kit or gel ...
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What are possible reasons for a DNA template not giving amplification?

I am trying to amplify ~10kb length fragments using NEB LongAmp Master Mix. I had been using one particular aliquot of DNA (template amount in each PCR reaction of 10ul being around 60ng) and getting ...
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Effect of doubling volumes of PCR reagents

We ran PCR with a positive control and two lanes of sample. We used the same sample, but in one PCR mixture we used a total volume of 50μL (25μL Taq, 5μL forward&reverse primer each, ...
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Low temperature PCR

We're trying to do emulsion PCR using HA-coated polystyrene beads and we're noticing that the beads are seeing drastic issues with thermal degradation above 90C. As PCR has an unfortunate requirement ...
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How to Extract RNA and perform RT-qPCR from very few cells ( ~5,000)?

I am currently conducting an experiment which involves FACS-sorting a specific population of cells using an antibody of interest. In order to validate the type of cells I have collected using this ...
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How are DNA segments selected in PCR?

I understand that in PCR we're able to amplify only selected portions of the DNA... however despite reading it from multiple sources, I cannot figure out how this selection actually takes place. I ...
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Why are some housekeeping genes considered better?

Whenever a PCR is done, we have to use housekeeping genes like GAPDH, to self normalise the values to account for different starting cDNA/DNA. Now there are many different genes like GAPDH, ubiquitin, ...
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Why does Taq polymerase add 3' adenine overhangs?

Is there a mechanism for the preference of Taq polymerase to add a non-templated 3' adenine (overhang) instead of other bases?
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Why are sequencing reads shorter than PCR products?

I have desinged and tested primers for RT-PCR, then purified the PCR products from the gels and send them to sequence at GATC (SUPREMERUN) using the forward primers. After blasting the reads to ...
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How do nicks in the DNA strand affect the success of Long Range PCR?

Long Range PCR using NEB Master Mix - Hot Start Taq was working fine for me (amplicon sizes of ~10kb) but stopped working all of a sudden. Is it possible that many freeze-thaw cycles on the DNA ...
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PCR master mix contents

I am running PCR reactions with different sets of degenerate primers and I want to know what should go into the master mix My usual master mix: DEPC water PCR buffer (-Mg) 25mM MgCl2 10mM ...
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gene expression fold change threshold limit

When interpreting qRT-PCR results, which results are acceptable as fold changes, which are acceptable for housekeeping genes? e.j. a values of 0.8 raw fold changes for a "housekeeping" gene is ...
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Quantitative Trait Locus process?

I do not seem to understand the concept of Quantitative Trait Loci(QTL's), can anyone explain it to me in detail? Reading the wikipedia article helped somewhat, but I do not understand it well. What ...
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DNA length and annealing kinetics

I have a mixture plasmids and undesired short linear fragments that share the same sequences. During denaturation and annealing, I would like the plasmids to 'find each other' before annealing to the ...
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Real-time PCR delay in Cq due to insertion SNP in primer

I am collecting evidence, even anecdotal, how does single nucleotide deletion or insertion in primer region affect the outcome of real-time PCR. I am most interested in how much there is a delay in ...
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How does sequence independent single primer amplification work?

I'm having difficulty finding an explanation of how single primer amplification of DNA works in the literature available to me, can anyone explain the methodology and what it accomplishes?
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How to calculate virus titre from qPCR

I harvested some lentivirus from 293T cells and want to titre the result. I infected 293T cells on a well plate with 400,000 cells per well which I infected with virus stock, and 1 in 10, 100 and 1000 ...
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What is the purpose of Y-shaped adapters in Illumina sequencing?

Y adapters different sequences to be annealed to the 5' and 3' ends of each molecule in a library. The arms of the Y are unique, and the middle part, connected to the DNA fragment, is complementary. ...
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How to solve the problem of 2 melt peaks in real time PCR?

I am facing a problem in my real time experiment. After standardizing the annealing temperature by semi-quantitative PCR, I did real time for my gene of interest. In one of my samples, I got 2 peaks ...
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What are flagged primers? [closed]

I'm interested in amplifying a sequence for further use with Gibson Assembly. I want to create overhang regions in my DNA fragment so there would be complementarity to the plasmid I'm trying to insert ...