A practical algorithm for multiplex PCR primer set selection. Academic Article uri icon


  • Selecting the minimum primer set with multiple constraints is an effective method for a successful and economical Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction (MP-PCR) experiment. However, there is no suitable algorithm for solving the problem. In this paper, a mathematical model is presented for the minimum primer set selection problem with multiple constraints. By introducing a novel genetic operator, we developed a parthenogenetic algorithm MG-PGA to solve the model. Experimental results show that MG-PGA can not only find a small primer set, but can also satisfy multiple biological constraints. Therefore, MG-PGA is a practical solution for MP-PCR primer design.

published proceedings

  • Int J Bioinform Res Appl

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, J., Wang, J., & Chen, J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Wu, Jingli||Wang, Jianxin||Chen, Jian'er

publication date

  • January 2009