DNA Electrophoresis: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

Gareth A. Roberts, David T. F. Dryden

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The technique of gel electrophoresis is now firmly established as a routine laboratory method for analyzing DNA. Here, we describe the development of the methodology as well as a brief explanation of how the technique works. There is a short introduction to pulsed-field agarose gel electrophoresis, which represents a critical advancement in the method that facilitates the analysis of very large fragments of DNA. Finally, theoretical considerations are included.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDNA Electrophoresis
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsSvetlana Makovets
PublisherHumana Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62703-565-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-62703-564-4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameDNA Electrophoresis
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Electrophoresis
  • DNA separation
  • Agarose
  • Polyacrylamide
  • Pulsed-field
  • Reptation


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