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Sensors 2013, 13(2), 2506-2514; doi:10.3390/s130202506

High Throughput Molecular Confirmation of β-Thalassemia Mutations Using Novel TaqMan Probes

Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
Department of Pathology-Hematology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor 43400, Malaysia
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Received: 22 November 2012 / Revised: 25 January 2013 / Accepted: 6 February 2013 / Published: 18 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
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β-Thalassemia is a public health problem where 4.5% of Malaysians are β-thalassemia carriers. The genetic disorder is caused by defects in the β-globin gene complex which lead to reduced or complete absence of β-globin chain synthesis. Five TaqMan genotyping assays were designed and developed to detect the common β-thalassemia mutations in Malaysian Malays. The assays were evaluated with 219 "blinded" DNA samples and the results showed 100% sensitivity and specificity. The in-house designed TaqMan genotyping assays were found to be cost- and time-effective for characterization of β-thalassemia mutations in the Malaysian population. View Full-Text
Keywords: β-thalassemia; Malaysia; Malay; quantitative real-time PCR; TaqMan β-thalassemia; Malaysia; Malay; quantitative real-time PCR; TaqMan

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Kho, S.L.; Chua, K.H.; George, E.; Tan, J.A.M.A. High Throughput Molecular Confirmation of β-Thalassemia Mutations Using Novel TaqMan Probes. Sensors 2013, 13, 2506-2514.

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