help X-gal

R. Rex Denton DENTON at
Mon Jul 10 10:47:29 EST 1995

 There were two recent articles in Biotechniques (sorry, issues not handy)
> about using X-gal in a mixture of water and DMSO.  Rationale was substitute
> for 'hazardous' DMF.  Looked reasonable to me, but I recall putting X-gal
> in 100% DMSO once and over several days, a faint blue color appeared (even
> though the solution was frozen in the refrigerator.  Still, you may be able
> to salvage your solution via the Biotechniques procedures.  SWM
> mamber at

Would not recommend this DMSO/X-Gal solubilization thing.  Tried it and found
reduced cloning efficiency (reduced colony numbers) with DMSO.  Hanahan
mentions that oxidation products of DMSO influence transfection efficiencies
but I suspect they may also be toxic to the rescued transformants.  Just my two
cents worth...

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