Could we direct PCR of human hair shafts?

Dieter Deforce ddeforce at
Wed Nov 30 09:17:46 EST 1994

Wasun Chantratita (asmsi002 at CMU.CHIANGMAI.AC.TH) wrote:
: Dear Netter
:  Though, human DNA is more easily extracted from the roots of hairs, hair 
: bulbs are preferable for PCR, but plucking hairs to obtain the bulbs is 
: very painful. My question is would it be possible for direct PCR from the 
: shafts of hairs instead? Someone said that it is impossible to PCR hair 
: shafts since they contain only melanin.

: Thank you in advance

: Wasun Chantratita, Ph.D.
: Department of Clinical Microbiology
: Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences 
: Chiang Mai University
: Chiang mai 50200
: Thailand-
Hair shafts only contain Mitochondrial DNA and no genomic DNA
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