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Real Time PCR

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The introduction of novel reagents, chemistries and instrumentation platforms has modified legacy PCR to create a technology, real-time, fluorescence-based quantitative PCR (qPCR). The use of qPCR allows monitoring of the progress of a PCR reaction in real time using fluorescent reporter molecules included in the PCR. In this way parallel and immediate amplification, detection and quantification of PCR products is possible, establishing qPCR firmly as the method of choice for the detection of nucleic acids read more ...

Real Time PCR, Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

An Introduction to Real-Time PCR

Traditionally, PCR is performed in a tube and when the reaction is complete the products of the reaction (the amplified DNA fragments) are analysed and visualised by gel electrophoresis. However, real-time PCR permits the analysis of the products while the reaction is actually in progress. This is achieved by using various fluorescent dyes which react with the amplified product and can be measured by an instrument. This also facilitates the quantitation of the DNA. Not only can one tell instantly "what" DNA is present in the sample but also "how much". For more detailed information please see Real-Time PCR Theory ...

Real-Time PCR Machines

Primer Design for Real-Time PCR

Strict guidelines should be observed for optimal and accurate primer design. In any PCR or real-time qPCR procedure it is important to optimise primer design and primer concentration. For more detailed information see PCR Primer Design ...
See also: PCR Troubleshooting and Optimization

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