DNA amplification fingerprinting: A strategy for genome analysis

Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, Brant J. Bassam, Peter M. Gresshoff

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A novel strategy to detect genetic differences among organisms, DNA amplification fingerprinting (DAF), uses a thermostable DNA polymerase directed by usually one short (≥5 bp) oligonucleotide primer of arbitrary sequence to amplify short segments of genomic DNA and generate a range of DNA extension products. These products can be analyzed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and silver staining. DAF is rapid and sensitive and is independent of cloning and prior genetic characterization. Here we describe this new methodology, its application to plant genotyping, and its perspectives in DNA fingerprinting and genome mapping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-307
Number of pages14
JournalPlant Molecular Biology Reporter
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA fingerprinting
  • PCR
  • arbitrary primers
  • genome mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science


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