The fidelity of a polymerase refers to its ability to insert the correct base during PCR. Conversely, the rate of misincorporation is known as a polymerase’s error rate. High-fidelity PCR, utilizes a DNA polymerase with a low error rate and results in a high degree of accuracy in the replication of the DNA of interest. NEB scientists were the first to identify and commercialize a high-fidelity DNA polymerase suitable for PCR, namely Vent® DNA Polymerase. Since its discovery, several other high fidelity polymerases have been discovered and engineered – all with differing processivity, speed and levels of accuracy.
FAQs for High-Fidelity PCR
Protocols for High-Fidelity PCR
- Guidelines for PCR Optimization for Deep Vent® DNA Polymerase
- PCR Optimization (E0555)
- PCR Optimization of the Control Template using Phusion® High-Fidelity PCR Kit
- PCR Optimization with Phusion® High-Fidelity PCR Kit
- PCR Protocol for Crimson LongAmp™ Taq DNA Polymerase (M0326)
- PCR Protocol for Phusion® High-Fidelity DNA Polymerase (M0530)
- PCR Using Q5® High-Fidelity DNA Polymerase (M0491)
- PCR Using Q5® Hot Start High-Fidelity DNA Polymerase (M0493)
- PCR Using NEBNext® High-Fidelity 2X PCR Master Mix (M0541)
- Protocol for a Routine Deep Vent® (exo-) PCR
- Protocol for a Routine Deep Vent® PCR
- Protocol for a Routine PCR (E0555)
- Protocol for a Routine PCR with Phusion® High-Fidelity PCR Kit
- Protocol for Phusion® High-Fidelity PCR Master Mix with GC Buffer
- Protocol for Phusion® Hot Start Flex 2X Master Mix
- Protocol for Phusion® Hot Start Flex DNA Polymerase (M0535)
- Protocol for Q5® High-Fidelity 2X Master Mix
- Protocol for Q5® Hot Start High-Fidelity 2X Master Mix
- Protocol Phusion® High-Fidelity PCR Master Mix with HF Buffer
Anatomy of a Polymerase - How Structure Effects Function
Polymerase Fidelity: What is it, and what does it mean for your PCR?
Understanding Variability in DNA Amplification Reactions
- PCR Selector
- DNA Polymerase Selection Chart
- PCR Troubleshooting Guide
- Guidelines for PCR Optimization with Thermophilic DNA Polymerases
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