Caister Academic Press

CIMB Abstract

Curr. Issues Mol. Biol. (2002) 4: 1-11.

The Molecular Evolution and DNA Profiling of Toxic Cyanobacteria

Brett A. Neilan

Rapid and sensitive methods for the detection and genetic characterization of cyanobacteria have been developed based on DNA amplification techniques. This article describes the molecular methods that have been used to characterize cyanobacteria and their use as tools to identify toxin-producing strains. Different species and strains were compared using restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) of amplified fragments of the phycocyanin gene and the 16S-23S rRNA internal transcribed spacer.

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