DNA Cloning and Assembly Methods pp 103-117

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Circular Polymerase Extension Cloning

  • Jiayuan Quan
  • Jingdong Tian


High-throughput genomics, proteomics, and the emerging field of synthetic biology demand ever more convenient, economical, and efficient technologies to assemble and clone genes, gene libraries, and synthetic pathways. Here, we describe an extremely simple, efficient, and cost-effective cloning method, circular polymerase extension cloning (CPEC), for complex, combinatorial, or multi-fragment assembly as well as routine cloning. This method uses a single polymerase to assemble and clone multiple inserts with any vector in a one-step reaction in vitro. No restriction digestion, ligation, or single-stranded homologous recombination is required.

Key words

Molecular cloning Genetic assembly Library cloning DNA polymerase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiayuan Quan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jingdong Tian
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Genome Sciences and PolicyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Tianjin Institute of Industrial BiotechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesTianjinChina

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