Since the construction of the first generation of general cloning vectors in the early 1970s, the number of plasmids created has increased to an almost countless number. Thus, a critical decision facing today’s investigator is that of which plasmid to use in a particular project? Despite the bewildering choice of commercial and other available vectors, the choice of which cloning vector to use can be decided by applying a small number of criteria: insert size, copy number, incompatibility, selectable marker, cloning sites, and specialized vector functions. Several of these criteria are dependent on each other. This chapter discusses these criteria in the context of choosing a plasmid for use as a cloning vector and Table 1 displays the features of some commonly used cloning vectors.
|Title of host publication||E-coli Plasmid Vectors|
|Subtitle of host publication||Methods and Applications|
|Editors||Nicola Casali, Andrew Preston|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2003|
|Name||Methods in Molecular Biology |
- Molecular Biology