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Molecular typing of environmental isolates

ByJan L. W. Rademaker, Henk J. M. Aarts, Pablo Vinuesa

The characterization of microorganisms is of essential importance for microbial ecology studies. Classification, identification and differentiation of microbes have traditionally relied on tests based on phenotypic characteristics. However, DNA-and more specifically polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based fingerprinting methods have emerged as the most rapid, reliable and simple alternatives to characterize and differentiate microorganisms.