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Title: Method for nucleic acid hybridization using single-stranded DNA binding protein

Method of nucleic acid hybridization for detecting the presence of a specific nucleic acid sequence in a population of different nucleic acid sequences using a nucleic acid probe. The nucleic acid probe hybridizes with the specific nucleic acid sequence but not with other nucleic acid sequences in the population. The method includes contacting a sample (potentially including the nucleic acid sequence) with the nucleic acid probe under hybridizing conditions in the presence of a single-stranded DNA binding protein provided in an amount which stimulates renaturation of a dilute solution (i.e., one in which the t.sub.1/2 of renaturation is longer than 3 weeks) of single-stranded DNA greater than 500 fold (i.e., to a t.sub.1/2 less than 60 min, preferably less than 5 min, and most preferably about 1 min.) in the absence of nucleotide triphosphates.
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Cambridge, MA)
  2. (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA) CHO
Patent Number(s):
US 5534407
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Harvard University
Country of Publication:
United States
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