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PaperClip: A Simple Method for Flexible Multi-Part DNA Assembly

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1472)


Joining DNA sequences to create linear and circular constructs is a basic requirement in molecular biology. Here we describe PaperClip, a recently developed method, which enables assembly of multiple DNA sequences in one reaction in a combinatorial manner. In contrast to other homology-based multi-part assembly methods currently available, PaperClip allows assembly of a given set of parts in any order without requiring specific single-use oligonucleotides for each assembly order.

Key words

Molecular cloning DNA assembly Single-pot assembly Oligonucleotide annealing Ligation PAGE PCR Agarose gel electrophoresis CPEC SLiCE Cell extract Selection 



This work was supported by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EP/J02175x/1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.School of EngineeringUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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