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Keywords:

  • marmoset;
  • microsatellite;
  • markers;
  • Callithrix jacchus;
  • common marmoset

Abstract

We describe a cost- and time-efficient method for designing new microsatellite markers in any species with substantial genomic DNA sequence data available. Using this technique, we report 14 new polymorphic dinucleotide microsatellite loci isolated from the common marmoset. The relative yield of new polymorphisms was higher with less labor than described in previous marmoset studies. Of 20 loci initially evaluated, 14 were polymorphic and amplified reliably (70% success rate). The number of alleles ranged from 3 to 9 with heterozygosity varying from 0.48 to 0.83. Am. J. Primatol. 70:906–910, 2008. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.