1. BLASTing loci: Checking the loci you are using (or have developed) are unique.
2. Using Standalone Blast: Stand alone BLASTing to check for duplicate loci
3. Microsatellite Library Problem Solving: Common problems observed with microsatellite primers due to poor microsatellite library construction; includes some fundamental checks to establish why primers may be failing to amplify.
4. Unenriched library preparation: Preparing an unenriched microsatellite library (draft!)
5. Ammonium acetate DNA extraction (as used with bird blood)
DNA Quality and Concentration Estimation
10. Calculating DNA concentration: using markers of known concentration on agarose gel along with a fluorimeter
Other Technical Guides
11. Performing PCR (with PCR recipes)
12. Preparing acrylamide gels and silver staining (coming soon)
13. Molecular sexing of birds (see also SMGF Bird sex-typing using genetic markers)
15. Semi-automated fluorescent genotyping (full method, starting from the blood/tissue)
16. Sequencing Protocol (draft!)
Protocols From Other Sources
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