Gene Probes

Volume 179 of the series Methods in Molecular Biology pp 193-209

Detection of Polychlorinated Biphenyl-Degrading Organisms in Soil

  • John Sanseverino
  • , Alice C. LaytonAffiliated withCenter for Environmental Biotechnology and Department of Microbiology, The University of Tennessee
  • , Gary S. Sayler

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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of 209 congeners consisting of a biphenyl ring with 1–10 chlorines. In the United States, PCBs, manufactured under the trade name Aroclor, are ubiquitous and recalcitrant pollutants in the environment. PCBs have been shown to biomagnify in the food chain and are associated with chronic health effects (1,2).