Use of Bioinformatics to Investigate Abiotic Stress in Arabidopsis and to Design Primers for Pathogen Detection
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Rapid diagnosis of disease-causing agents is extremely important since delayed diagnosis can result in disease spread and delayed prophylaxis. It is even more important in an era where disease-causing agents are used as bioterrorism agents. Rapid advances in sequencing technology have resulted in the sequencing of thousands of microorganisms in recent years. Availability of genomic sequences has made it possible to identify and characterize microorganisms at the molecular level. PCR-based detection is powerful for pathogen diagnostics since it is rapid and sensitive. We have developed a tool, PathPrime, that can design primers, computationally test them against target genes, and potential contaminant sequences, and identify a minimum set of primers that can unambiguously detect a given list of sequences.
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