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Nature 339, 237 - 238 (18 May 1989); doi:10.1038/339237a0

Avoiding false positives with PCR

S. Kwok & R. Higuchi

Departments of Infectious Diseases and Human Genetics, Cetus Corporation, Emery-ville, California 94608, USA.

The exquisite sensitivity of the polymerase chain reaction means DNA contamination can ruin an entire experiment. Tidiness and adherence to a strict set of protocols can avoid disaster.

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