Primer program comparasions

George W Chacko gchacko at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
Wed Jan 29 07:30:12 EST 1992

In article <1992Jan29.122126.534 at usenet.ins.cwru.edu> ccy at po.CWRU.Edu (Cheung C. Yue) writes:
>I have seen a lot of posts re: the Primer program from the Whitehead
>Institute.  I am aware of another one from Washington University.
>Has anyone tried that other primer program?  How do the two compare?
>How do either of these programs stack up against the commercial ones
>such as Oligo or Primer Detective, etc.?

I've used both of them. I'm more familiar with Primer because I started
using it first. OSP has a rather nice X-windows version. The authors of
ODP reply to queries unlike the people who wrote Primer.

I think they're both better than Oligo or Primer Detective although I've
only looked at their demo versions.

I usually use both because they use different algorithms to determine
primer Tm's and then ruin the entire excercise by 'eyeballing' the
selected primers to decide. :)


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