Caister Academic Press

The Extraction and Purification of Nucleic Acids for Analysis by PCR

Chaminda Salgado and Waqar Hussain
from: Real-Time PCR: Advanced Technologies and Applications (Edited by: Nick A. Saunders and Martin A. Lee). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2013)


Myriad methods for the extraction and purification of nucleic acids prior to PCR are currently used throughout the community. While these methods have many unique and bespoke aspects, they broadly follow a sequence of lysis, isolation, washing and elution to get from a complex biological sample to purified nucleic acid that can be used in a PCR reaction. Various common methods available for each stage are described and potential sequences for particular sample types can be discerned. The potential for these methods to be automated are discussed and the process options summarized with respect to the speed of the methods, technical skill required and the resultant purity and yield that can be expected read more ...
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