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Rapid method to detect duplex formation in sequencing by hybridization methods

United States Patent

January 19, 1999
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A method for determining the existence of duplexes of oligonucleotide complementary molecules is provided whereby a plurality of immobilized oligonucleotide molecules, each of a specific length and each having a specific base sequence, is contacted with complementary, single stranded oligonucleotide molecules to form a duplex so as to facilitate intercalation of a fluorescent dye between the base planes of the duplex. The invention also provides for a method for constructing oligonucleotide matrices comprising confining light sensitive fluid to a surface, exposing said light-sensitive fluid to a light pattern so as to cause the fluid exposed to the light to coalesce into discrete units and adhere to the surface; and contacting each of the units with a set of different oligonucleotide molecules so as to allow the molecules to disperse into the units.
Mirzabekov; Andrei Darievich (Moscow, RU), Timofeev; Edward Nikolaevich (Moscow, RU), Florentiev; Vladimer Leonidovich (Moscow, RU), Kirillov; Eugene Vladislavovich (Moscow, RU)
University of Chicago (
08/ 592,120
January 26, 1996
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.