Estimating the probability that a genomic library contains a specific DNA sequence

C. O. Gardner, K. M. Eskridge, H. T. Zhang, D. P. Weeks

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A genomic library generally contains a random collection of DNA fragments from one organism individually cloned into cells of a host organism using plasmid or viral vectors. For a genomic library to be reliable, it is crucial that the library have a high probability of containing a complete copy of any particular gene being studied. In this article, we compare several different methods of estimating this probability based on data from a genomic library of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii DNA. Results suggest that a method based on estimated insert size will generally be preferred because of its precision and cost effectiveness relative to other methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1999


  • Binomial proportion
  • Gene library
  • Reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • General Environmental Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics


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