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Accumulating variation at conserved sites in potyvirus genomes is driven by species discovery and affects degenerate primer design

Zheng, Linda; Wayper, Paul; Gibbs, Adrian; Fourment, Mathieu; Rodoni, Brendan; Gibbs, Mark


Unknown and foreign viruses can be detected using degenerate primers targeted at conserved sites in the known viral gene sequences. Conserved sites are found by comparing sequences and so the usefulness of a set of primers depends crucially on how well the known sequences represent the target group including unknown sequences. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We developed a method for assessing the apparent stability of consensus sequences at sites over time using deposition dates from...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008-02-13
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001586


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