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       primers - Simple version of primer3 to pick PCR primers


       primers -sequence seqall [-targetregion range] [-minsize integer] [-maxsize integer]
               [-maxdifftm float] [-explainflag boolean] [-numreturn integer] -outfile outfile

       primers -help


       primers is a command line program from EMBOSS (“the European Molecular Biology Open
       Software Suite”). It is part of the "Nucleic:Primers" command group(s).


   Input section
       -sequence seqall
           The sequence from which to choose primers. The sequence must be presented 5' -> 3'

   Additional section
       -targetregion range
           If one or more Targets is specified then a legal primer pair must flank at least one
           of them. A Target might be a simple sequence repeat site (for example a CA repeat) or
           a single-base-pair polymorphism. The value should be a space-separated list of
           <start>,<end> pairs where <start> is the index of the first base of a Target, and
           <end> is the last E.g. 50,51 requires primers to surround the 2 bases at positions 50
           and 51.

       -minsize integer
           Minimum acceptable length of a primer. Must be greater than 0 and less than or equal
           to MAX-SIZE. Default value: 18

       -maxsize integer
           Maximum acceptable length (in bases) of a primer. Currently this parameter cannot be
           larger than 35. This limit is governed by the maximum oligo size for which Primer3's
           melting-temperature is valid. Default value: 27

       -maxdifftm float
           Maximum acceptable (unsigned) difference between the melting temperatures of the
           forward and reverse primers. Default value: 100.0

   Output section
       -explainflag boolean
           If this flag is non-0, produce LEFT-EXPLAIN and RIGHT-EXPLAIN, output, which are
           intended to provide information on the number of primer pairs that Primer3 examined,
           and statistics on the number discarded for various reasons. Default value: N

       -numreturn integer
           The maximum number of primer pairs to return. Primer pairs returned are sorted by
           their 'quality', in other words by the value of the objective function (where a lower
           number indicates a better primer pair). Caution: setting this parameter to a large
           value will increase running time. Default value: 5

       -outfile outfile


       Bugs can be reported to the Debian Bug Tracking system (, or
       directly to the EMBOSS developers


       primers is fully documented via the tfm(1) system.


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