random amplified polymorphic DNA

random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD)

a technique in which random DNA segments are amplified by the POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION using single PRIMERS of arbitrary NUCLEOTIDE sequence. The POLYMORPHISMS are detected as DNA segments which are resolved by AGAROSE GEL ELECTROPHORESIS. The pattern of DNA bands generated can be diagnostic for particular STRAINS or SPECIES.
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