formaldehyde in RNA gel

Peter Gegenheimer peterg at
Thu Jun 30 15:24:26 EST 1994

In <sticknbd-240694003804 at>, sticknbd at (B Stickney) writes:
>I use 0.22M formaldehyde in both the gel and the
>running buffer for my Northerns.  I do this because
>I have heard that transfer of RNA from the gel to a
>membrane is supposed to be inhibited by formalde-
>hyde; my Northerns are fine.  Can anybody tell me
>the mechanism of this transfer inhibition?
>sticknbd at

Formaldehyde is not needed in the gel or runing buffer. The denatured RNA is
covalently modified and doesn't renature under normal gel running conditions.  

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