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The synthesis of designer DNA

Lookup NU author(s): Rachel Little, Dr Colette Whitfield, Dr Eimer TuiteORCiD, Dr Andrew Pike


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© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. The synthesis of designer DNA requires an approach where the user can determine both the sequence and the number of nucleobases. The protocol outlined here describes an enzymatic method for the synthesis of long repeat-sequence DNA. The method utilizes a PCR-based approach; starting with short oligo-seeds, c.a. 20 bp, bearing a minimum of two repeating units of >8 bp sequences. During each heat-cool cycle, the oligo-seeds reanneal imperfectly leaving an overhang, which is then extended by the polymerase. The final length of the DNA is determined by the number of heat-cool cycles performed, reaching up to 20,000 bp after 20 cycles.

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Author(s): Little RC, Whitfield CJ, Tuite EM, Pike AR

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: DNA Nanotechnology

Year: 2018

Volume: 1811

Pages: 11-21

Online publication date: 21/06/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Series Title: Methods in Molecular Biology

Publisher: Humana Press Inc.

Place Published: New York, NY, USA


DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8582-1_2

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781493985814