Primer3 on the WWW for general users and for biologist programmers.
1. Introduction Designing PCR and sequencing primers are essential activities for molecular biologists around the world. This chapter assumes acquaintance with the principles and practice of PCR, as outlined in, for example, refs. 1–4. Primer3 is a computer program that suggests PCR primers for a variety of applications, for example to create STSs (sequence tagged sites) for radiation hybrid mapping (5), or to amplify sequences for single nucleotide polymor-phism discovery (6). Primer3 can also select single primers for sequencing reactions and can design oligonucleotide hybridization probes. In selecting oligos for primers or hybridization probes, Primer3 can consider many factors.
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