DNA extraction from paraffin-embedded tissue?

Eric C. Anderson anderson at pharmdec.wustl.edu
Wed Jun 7 09:32:41 EST 1995

In article <3qocgl$599 at amgen.amgen.com>, Darci Kane <dkane at amgen.com> wrote:

> Has anyone done DNA extraction from fixed, paraffin
> embedded tissue, and if so, what are the pitfalls I should watch
> out for?  I am inclined to just proceed with a 
> phenol/chloroform extraction, but should I melt the paraffin
> first or is that not necessary?

check out the most recent BioTechniques (May 1995; Vol. 18. No. 5) which
has an article on pg. 768 on "Microwave-Based DNA Extraction from
Paraffin-Embedded Tissue for PCR Amplification," by Banerjee et al.  while
i haven't tried the technique (and am personally skeptical of
Microwave-based DNA extraction techniques in general) it seems like a very
interesting technique that might be worth a shot.


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