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PCR program - strange extension step (Aug/17/2009 )


I got a PCR program that has as final extension step (at least I interpret it as extension step) 30 minutes at 60C. Normally I use 10 minutes at 72C...
So what is the aim of this long time at 60 degrees?

(Complete program:
3 min 94C
30 s 94C
90s 58C
60s 72C (loop back to step 2 30 times)
30 min 60C

Thanks for any ideas...


Frankly, quiet odd to my knowledge. I always do as you say.

But why do you need annealing time to be for 90sec?, 30 sec is enough, right?

Would love to hear what others have to say.


AT 60 degrees, most of the thermophilic polymerases would only work very slowly. Perhaps it's there for some kind of proofreading (wouldn't work with Taq, though), or to ensure all amplicons are full length (but your point of 10 minutes @72 deg would do the same thing).