Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi DNA by the polymerase chain reaction.

DNA amplification by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect DNA of the Lyme disease spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi. Primers that specify the amplification of a 145 basepair DNA fragment of the OspA gene of B. burgdorferi were used. The amplification product was detected by gel electrophoresis and ethidium bromide staining or by… CONTINUE READING