In-Situ Hybridization of Radioactive Riboprobes to RNA in Tissue Sections

  • Radma Mahmood
  • Ivor Mason
Part of the METHODS IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY™ book series (MIMB, volume 461)

1 Introduction

The development of such techniques as transgenesis, saturation mutagenesis, and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), all of which are described in detail elsewhere in this volume, revolutionized experimental embryology. However, no single procedure has been applied more broadly across the field than that of in-situ hybridization to RNA. This allowed researchers to determine rapidly the spatial and temporal expression of their gene of interest without having to resort to more tedious and less certain approaches requiring the production of antis-era against the protein product. As such, in-situ hybridization has become the standard first step toward the characterization of the developmental significance of a newly identified gene. Of course, in-situ hybridization tells you nothing regarding the translation of the mRNA into protein or about protein's subsequent localization, modification, or stability. However, in-situ hybridization remains an extremely powerful tool,...


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Research in the Ivor Mason's laboratory is supported the MRC, BBSRC, and the Wellcome Trust; and he is a research fellow of the Leverhulme Trust.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Radma Mahmood
    • 1
  • Ivor Mason
    • 2
  1. 1.Mahmood Department of PathologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.MRC Centre for Developmental NeurobiologyKing's College LondonLondonUK

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