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Testing newly designed primers prior to real time - (May/16/2007 )

Hi there,

I have a question about testing new primers for real time PCR.

I designed several sets of primers for my assay based on homologous genes in other organisms, using Primer 3. The genome for the organism I am workign on has not been sequenced. I have done this in the past and it has worked well.

This time, there were very few choices of primer/probe sets because the sequences available for homologous genes are short. I only really had 2 options. One set did not give a product that was visible on a gel. The other set gave a product, but its relatively faint compared to the positive control (28S rRNA).

My question is, does the faintness of the band matter? Is any product visible on a gel enough proof that the primers bind, and I should just order the probe?

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you could test the primers with real time pcr using sybr green, if you are not sure about efficiency, primer dimers or unspecific amplification.

-Ned Land-

Thanks Ned. I hadn't thought of that as I haven't used Sybr green. Makes sense