Mutation Screening Using PCR-SSCP

Silver Staining and Isotopic Protocols
  • Philip J. Saker
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Screening for mutations prior to sequencing can reduce the time and costs of identifying mutations. When the DNA sequence is known, the technique of detecting mutations as single-stranded conformational polymorphisms (SSCP) is a convenient method of screening for possible mutations. SSCP was originally developed by Orita et al. (1). It has the ability of detecting a single base change, and has been applied to a number of genes, including the insulin receptor (2), GLUT 4 (3), glucokinase (4), and the mitochondrial genome (5).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip J. Saker
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  1. 1.Complex Traits Analysis Group, Imperial College School of MedicineHammersmith HospitalLondonUK

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