Gel-free species identification using melt-curve analysis

Oliver Berry, Stephen Sarre

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    Abstract

    DNA-based identification of organisms is an important tool in biosecurity, ecological monitoring and wildlife forensics. Current methods usually involve post-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) manipulations (e.g. restriction digest, gel electrophoresis), which add to the expense and time required for processing samples, and may introduce error. We developed a method of species identification that uses species-specific primers and melt-curve analysis, and avoids post-PCR manipulation of samples. The method was highly accurate when trialled on DNA from six large carnivore species from Tasmania, Australia. Because of its flexibility and cost-effectiveness, this method should find wide use in many areas of applied biological science
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    Number of pages4
    JournalMolecular Ecology Resources
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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