A primer is short oligo made from nucleic acids. It is the starting point for DNA polymerases to start DNA synthesis. DNA polymerases can only synthesize enlarge existing nucleic but not generate new ones 'de novo'. Primers can be made of DNA (for PCR) or RNA (naturally occuring).

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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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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 common PCR amplify genes regardless of what cells / barriers they are in?

I have some understanding of how PCR testing works. What I have always been wondering: how can we be sure that a primer reacts with the targeted gene(s) regardless of where┬╣ the genes are inside a ...
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Why do you need primers in PCR? [duplicate]

I have read that DNA polymerase requires a primer to bind to the DNA, but I am confused as to why this is the case. When DNA undergoes replication in the cell, there are no primers in the nucleus so ...