Polymerase Chain Reaction

  • Ralph Rapley
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


In general, advances in biological and biochemical research are brought about by tmprovements and refinement of methods in current use. There are times, however, when a technique is developed that revolutionizes a particular field of research The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, developed at the Cetus Corporation in 1985 is one such example The technique enables large amounts of DNA to be produced from very small amounts of starting material and mimics the basic mechamsm of DNA replication and the manner in which it is carried out. The PCR was first described in 1985 and is a technique resulting in near exponential enzymatic amplification of DNA to a level easily detected by conventional methods, such as gel electrophoresis (2).


Exonuclease Activity Amino Acid Sequence Information Nucleotide Sequencing Method Flank Vector Sequence Derive Nucleotide Sequence 
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  • Ralph Rapley
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  1. 1.University of HertfordshzreUK

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