Estimation of the PCR efficiency based on a size-dependent modelling of the amplification process
Nadia Lalam, Christine Jacob and Peter Jagers
C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris, Ser. I
We propose a stochastic modelling of the PCR amplification process by a size-dependent branching process
starting as a supercritical Bienaymé-Galton-Watson transient phase and then having a saturation near-critical size-dependent phase. This model based on the concept of saturation allows one to estimate the probability of replication of a DNA molecule at each cycle of a single PCR trajectory with a very good accuracy.