See A. M. Prince, L. Andrus PCR: How to kill unwanted DNA Biotechniques
Vol. 12, No. 3(?) pp 358-360
In summary, they found that treatment with 2.5% v/v clorox caused extensive
nicking of DNA.10% Clorox was found to prevent PCR amplification of a 600-bp
segment within one minute of template treatment. And 2N HCl did not destroy
DNA detectable by PCR even after a five minute exposure.
Tom Weaver wrote in message <35768C09.D51B3F35 at hexagen.co.uk>...
||How does bleach destroy DNA? We are interested in finding a reliable
|way of decontaminating PCR products from our bench tops and from closed
|systems (such as liquid handling robots). Would acid depurination work
|tom.weaver at hexagen.co.uk|