List of PCR Tests

PCR:

PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a revolutionary method developed by Kary Mullis in the 1980s. PCR is based on using the ability of DNA polymerase to synthesize new strand of DNA complementary to the offered template strand.

Because DNA polymerase can add a nucleotide only onto a preexisting 3′-OH group, it needs a primer to which it can add the first nucleotide. This requirement makes it possible to delineate a specific region of template sequence that the researcher wants to amplify. At the end of the PCR reaction, the specific sequence will be accumulated in billions of copies.

How does PCR work?

PCR is a three-step process that is carried out in repeated cycles. The initial step is the denaturation, or separation, of the two strands of the DNA molecule. This is accomplished by heating the starting material to temperatures of about 95 °C (203 °F).

Each strand is a template on which a new strand is built. In the second step, the temperature is reduced to about 55 °C (131 °F) so that the primers can anneal to the template. In the third step, the temperature is raised to about 72 °C (162 °F), and the DNA polymerase begins adding nucleotides onto the ends of the annealed primers.

At the end of the cycle, which lasts about five minutes, the temperature is raised and the process begins again. The number of copies doubles after each cycle. Usually, 25 to 30 cycles produce a sufficient amount of DNA.

Applications of PCR:

Using PCR, a DNA sequence can be amplified by millions or billions of times, producing enough DNA copies to be analyzed using other techniques. For instance, the DNA may be visualized by gel electrophoresis, sent for sequencing, or digested with restriction enzymes and cloned into a plasmid.

PCR is used in many research labs, and it also has practical applications in forensics, genetic testing, and diagnostics. For instance, PCR is used to amplify genes associated with genetic disorders from the DNA of patients (or from fetal DNA, in the case of prenatal testing).

PCR can also be used to test for a bacterium or DNA virus in a patient’s body if the pathogen is present, it may be possible to amplify regions of its DNA from a blood or tissue sample.

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List of PCR Test collection centres in India is Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat, Pune, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Kanpur, Nagpur, Lucknow, Thane, Bhopal, Indore, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Patna, Vadodara, Ghaziabad, Ludhiana, Agra, Nashik, Faridabad, Meerut, Rajkot, Kalyan-Dombivli, Vasai-Virar, Varanasi, Srinagar, Aurangabad, Dhanbad, Amritsar, Navi, Mumbai, Allahabad, Howrah, Ranchi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Coimbatore, Vijayawada, Jodhpur, Madurai, Raipur, Chandigarh, Guntur, Guwahati, Solapur, Hubli–Dharwad, Mysore, Tiruchirappalli, Bareilly, Moradabad, Tiruppur, Gurgaon, Aligarh, Jalandhar, Bhubaneswar, Salem, Mira-Bhayandar, Warangal, Jalgaon, Kota, Bhiwandi, Saharanpur, Gorakhpur, Bikaner, Amravati, Noida, Jamshedpur, Bhilai, Cuttack, Firozabad, Kochi, Nellore, Bhavnagar, Dehradun, Durgapur, Asansol, Rourkela, Nanded, Kolhapur, Ajmer, Akola.