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PCR fidelity

Robert Bateman rbateman at ocean.st.usm.edu
Wed Dec 20 11:17:11 EST 1995

I have a graduate student who is using RT-PCR to amplify a large section 
of the coding region (75%) of a peptide processing enzyme from several 
mammalian species. We intend to sequence these and compare the sequences 
to identify conserved residues. His committee is concerned about the 
fidelity of Taq polymerase even though he is directly sequencing the PCR 
products. They have suggested other polymerases or pooling PCR products 
obtained under different amplification conditions to "suppress" errors. 
What do you PCR jockeys out there suggest to maximize fidelity in our 
situation? Thanks for any and all replys.

Bob Bateman
Associate Professor of Biochemistry

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