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Ancient DNA extraction from soils and sediments

Haile, J. (2012) Ancient DNA extraction from soils and sediments. Methods in molecular biology, 840 . pp. 57-63.

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DNA contained in soils and sediments can provide novel insights into past environments and ecosystems. In this chapter, I describe an efficient and effective technique to extract total DNA from sediments in a manner that minimizes the coextraction of PCR-inhibitory compounds. I describe two different approaches: one that is suitable for large (up to 10 g wet weight) amounts of substrate, and a second that is more appropriate for small (up to 0.5 g) amounts of substrate. Finally, I discuss some of the obstacles that may be encountered in the process of extracting DNA from soils and sediments and suggest approaches to circumvent some common problems.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Humana Press, Inc.
Copyright: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
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