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Virus Res. 1994 Jun;32(3):391-9.

A rapid method for the analysis of influenza virus genes: application to the reassortment of equine influenza virus genes.

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AFRC Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright Laboratory, Woking, Surrey, UK.


We describe a rapid method for genetic characterisation of influenza virus genes using reverse transcription and amplification by polymerase chain reaction (RT/PCR) of all virus segments simultaneously (multiplex RT/PCR) using primers based on the conserved terminal sequences. The product has been shown to be suitable for determination of partial nucleotide sequences which can be used to search nucleotide sequence databases and rapidly map the genetic origin of each segment. We illustrate the use of the method by analysing genetic reassortment in H7N7 equine influenza viruses.

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