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Gene. 1984 Feb;27(2):131-49.

The use of transposon Tn5 mutagenesis in the rapid generation of correlated physical and genetic maps of DNA segments cloned into multicopy plasmids--a review.


The properties of transposon Tn5 that render it useful for in vivo mutagenesis of cloned DNA sequences are reviewed. Transposition frequency, insertional specificity, polarity and stability of Tn5 insertion mutations are among the topics discussed. Examples are cited from the published literature which illustrate the applications of Tn5 mutagenesis to the analysis of cloned prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes. A methods section is included which outlines precisely how to carry out transposon Tn5 mutagenesis analysis of cloned DNA segments.

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