The human genome is 3×10^9 bp. You wish to design a primer to amplify a specific gene in the genome.

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In general, what length of oligonucleotide would be sufficient to amplify a single unique sequence--that is, what would the minimum length have to be in order for the oligonucleotide sequence to be present only once in the genome if every possible sequence were equally represented? To simplify your calculation, assume that all bases occur with an equal frequency.

asked Nov 13, 2013 in Genetics by gabbie1949 (40 points)

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