Primer Island Transposition: Ty1 integrase-mediated insertion of an artificial transposon into plasmids for the purpose of creating "primer islands" to map and sequence DNA

We have developed efficient methods of creating artificial transposons and inserting these transposons into plasmid targets in vitro, primarily for the purpose of mapping and sequencing DNA. A plasmid has been engineered to convert virtually any DNA sequence, or combination of sequences, into an artificial transposon; hence, custom transposons containing any desired feature can be easily designed and constructed. Such transposons are then efficiently inserted into plasmid targets, in vitro, using the integrase activity present in yeast Ty1 virus-like particles. Primers complementary to the transposon termini can be used to sequence DNA flanking any transposon insertion.

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