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Highly polymorphic microsatellite loci offer great promise for gene mapping studies, but fulfillment of this potential will require substantial improvements in methods for accurate and efficient genotyping. Here, we report a genotyping method based on fluorescently labeled PCR primers and size characterization of PCR products using an automated DNA fragment(More)
Dystrophin gene deletions account for up to 68% of all Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophy mutations. In affected males, these deletions can be detected easily using multiplex PCR tests which monitor for exon presence. In addition, quantitative dosage screening can discriminate female carriers. We previously analyzed multiplex PCR products by(More)
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as a method for preparing DNA templates has been used for several DNA sequencing applications. An in situ procedure for directly sequencing PCR products by the dideoxy-termination method has been developed by using fluorophore-labeled sequencing primers. Completed sequence reactions were combined and loaded into a single(More)
Automation of several new, non-traditional techniques for genetic analysis has now become possible. A new system is described that performs gel electrophoretic analysis of DNA including VNTRs, gene segments, and restriction enzyme digests. The instrument detects emitted fluorescence from labeled DNA segments in real-time as they electrophore through a gel(More)
We have developed chemical procedures, optical and electrophoretic instrumentation and computer software automate the analysis of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products. DNA molecules labeled with up to four different fluorescent dyes are analyzed within a single electrophoresis gel lane. A size calibration curve is created for each electrophoresis lane(More)
An instrument/chemistry system is described that automates a new chemical procedure functionally equivalent to Southern blotting. A fluorescence gel scanner that detects migrating DNA fragments in real-time analyzes the samples produced by a prototype liquid-handling instrument that automates a solution-phase hybridization/solid-phase capture chemistry for(More)
Automated methods are described that begin to standardize genetic analysis at the DNA level. These new methods complement existing automation such as DNA extraction, liquid-handling robotics, thermal cycling and computer information management systems. Using electrophoresis, several independent genetic loci can be analyzed simultaneously using multi-color(More)
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