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Electrophoresis. 2009 Nov;30(21):3691-5. doi: 10.1002/elps.200900273.

Visual DNA as a diagnostic tool.

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  • 1Division of Gene Technology, AlbaNova University Center, Stockholm, Sweden.


We report on the incorporation of the Visual DNA concept in a genotyping assay as a simple and straightforward detection tool. The principle of trapping streptavidin-coated superparamagnetic beads of micrometer size for visualization of genetic variances is used for PrASE-based detection of a panel of mutations in the severe and common genetic disorder of cystic fibrosis. The method allows a final investigation of genotypes by the naked eye and the output is easily documented using a regular hand-held device with an integrated digital camera. A number of samples were run through the assay, showing rapid and accurate detection using superparamagnetic beads and an off-the-shelf neodymium magnet. The assay emphasizes the power of Visual DNA and demonstrates the potential value of the method in future point-of-care tests.

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