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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Multiplex PCR, shorter amplicon inhibiting longer amplicon?

I want to run multiplex PCRs for my genotyping, with a primer pair targeting my construct and a primer pair targeting some housekeeping gene (sort of a built-in control). I designed the control ...
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Primer heterodimer problem

I design my primers in Primer3PLUS and analyze them in Oligoanalyzer3.1, A big problem that I have this is that I got very nice output in NCBI-Primer BLAST for their specificity but a very negative ΔG ...
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Optimum gibson assembly overlap length

Does anyone know the optimum length of overlap your primers should have to your vector for gibson assembly. Most manufacturers say to do at least 20 bp on both side but don't give a maximum. Sometimes ...
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Determine OTU identity using Blastn full database or organism specific database?

I am seeking opinions on the best way to determine OTU identity using Blastn. Would the best way to identify an OTU be to blast the OTU to the full nr/nt Nucleotide collection or to blast your OTU to ...