We present a method for the isolation of YAC insert sequences by representational difference analysis (RDA). To achieve maximal representation of the sequences, the amplicons were generated from a Mbol digestion product. RDA was performed using a 970 kb insert YAC clone. After two rounds of re-association and selective amplification 92% of the difference product represented sequences derived from the YAC insert. Twenty insert-specific sequence-tagged sites were readily defined. The difference product was also successfully used to isolate microsatellite markers, to identify clones from a human PAC library and as a chromosome painting probe in fluorescence in situ hybridization.
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