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Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA Fingerprinting

The Basics
  • Ranil S. Dassanayake
  • Lakshman P. Samaranayake
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 226)


The study of genetic polymorphism among diverse populations of organisms is a complex task. However, this can be accomplished by using newer tools, such as randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD). RAPD is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique that relies on the generation of amplification products for a given nucleic acid using an amplification-based scanning technique driven by arbitrary priming oligonucleotides. The result is the generation of amplification products (amplicons) that represent a multiplicity of anonymous sites that are characteristic of the studied genome (Fig. 1 A,B).


Polymerase Chain Reaction Marker Fungal Pathogen Candida Albicans Polymerase Chain Reaction Fingerprinting Distil Deionized Sterile Water Arbitrary Priming Oligonucleotide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranil S. Dassanayake
    • 1
  • Lakshman P. Samaranayake
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of ColomboSri Lanka
  2. 2.Oral Bio-Sciences, Faculty of DentistryThe University of Hong KongHong Kong, China

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