Quantitative PCR for detection of mRNA and gDNA in environmental isolates

Anthony J. Brzoska, Karl A. Hassan

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Quantitative PCR is used to gauge the abundance of specific nucleic acid species within purified samples. Due to its high sensitivity and minimal operation costs, this method is routinely applied in modern molecular bioscience laboratories. Nonetheless, all quantitative PCR experiments must include several carefully designed, yet simple, controls to ensure the reliability of the analyses. The aim of this chapter is to provide basic quantitative PCR methods, from primer design through data analysis, that are generally applicable to studies in microbiology. These methods allow the abundance of targeted RNA or DNA molecules to be determined in nucleic acid samples purified from a variety of biological sources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Microbiology
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsIan T. Paulsen, Andrew J. Holmes
Place of PublicationTotowa, NJ
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781627037129
ISBN (Print)9781627037112
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


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