The evolving field of PCR: Which method will you choose?

Natalia Meani, Manuela Vecchi

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Recognised as one of the major scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a quick and simple method to create, in a test tube, millions of copies of a given DNA segment from a complex mixture of genetic material. This method has greatly stimulated biochemical, molecular biology and genetic research and, given its ability to amplify DNA from limited amounts of biologic samples, including fossils, opened the way for new applications in medicine, genetics, biotechnology, forensics and paleobiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Pharmaceutical Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine


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