pcr and tetanus toxin

Walter Ogston ogston at HOBBES.KZOO.EDU
Sat Oct 14 19:23:33 EST 1995


Ellen Bolte (ellenaut at aol.com) writes:

> I am looking for information on detecting tetanus toxin by PCR.  
> 
I think you are under a misapprehension here.  PCR is capable
of detecting nucleic acids, not proteins like tetanus toxin.
You could detect DNA sequences specific to C. botulinum perhaps,
but it is possible that the toxin would persist after the DNA is
gone.  
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