Ancient DNA (Methods in Molecular Biology, v840) by Beth Shapiro, Michael Hofreiter

By Beth Shapiro, Michael Hofreiter

Examine into historic DNA begun greater than 25 years in the past with the booklet of brief mitochondrial DNA series fragments from the quagga, an extinct relative of the zebra. historic DNA study quite won momentum following the discovery of PCR, which allowed thousands of copies to be made from the few final DNA molecules preserved in fossils and museum specimens.  In historic DNA: tools and Protocols specialist researchers within the box describe some of the protocols which are now wide-spread to review old DNA. those comprise directions for developing an historical DNA laboratory, extraction protocols for a variety of varied substrates, information of laboratory concepts together with PCR and NGS library education, and proposals for applicable analytical techniques to make feel of the sequences received. Written within the hugely profitable equipment in Molecular Biology™ series structure, chapters contain introductions to their respective issues, lists of the mandatory fabrics and reagents, step by step, without problems reproducible laboratory protocols, and key pointers on troubleshooting and keeping off identified pitfalls.   Authoritative and functional, historic DNA: tools and Protocols seeks to help scientists within the extra learn of old DNA and the methodological methods in historical study.

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The washing buffer is stable for several months. 5. Low retention or siliconized tubes are recommended, which reduce DNA loss due to tube wall effects. 6. The silica suspension is stable for at least 1 month. 7. Do not exceed 250 mg/5 mL extraction buffer. It is possible to proportionally scale the extraction up or down when more or less sample material is used; use 1 mL/50 mg. It is crucial to adjust the binding buffer volume accordingly (see Notes 10 and 11). 8. Incubation can also be performed at 37°C, where proteinase K is more active than it is at room temperature.

3 DNA Extraction of Ancient Animal Hard Tissue Samples… 27 After final incubation for 10 min, centrifuge for 1 min at 16,000 × g and pipette off the extract into a fresh-labeled tube. 14. If you are not using a vacuum manifold, this step and all following washing steps can be performed using a microcentrifuge and collection tubes. For an even distribution of the silica particles over the filter and subsequently efficient washing performance, short, slow-speed centrifugation is recommended, followed by a 180° rotation of the column and another short, slow-speed centrifugation step after the silica is applied to the columns.

5%. 2. “Molecular Biology Grade” H2O (ddH2O). 3. 0), 2% SDS. Store at 4°C. 4. 1 M Dithiothreitol (DTT) solution. Make up fresh for each digestion and discard unused solution (see Note 1). 5. Proteinase K solution (see Note 1). 6. 5/2 mL (>10,000 × g) and 15-mL tubes (>3,000 × g), dependent on size of digestions and purifications to be performed. 7. Oven prepared at 55°C, within which a rotary device (below) can be placed. 8. Rotary mixer, wheel or similar device to keep samples constantly in motion during incubation steps.

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