RNA isolation from whole organism rather than tissue or cells

john yon yonjo00 at dons.ac.usfca.edu
Mon Apr 15 15:33:49 EST 1996

Has anyone isolated RNA from a whole organism rather than just tissues 
and cells?  We're trying to isolate total RNA from whole earthworms 
which are homogenized.  So far we have used the GTC homogenization 
buffer, where homogenates were loaded on to a cesium chloride cushion, 
ultracentrifuged, and the RNA pellets.  Unfortunately, we have been 
unsuccessful.  We have taken all the necessary precautions to avoid 
degradation.  Does anyone have any tips?


					John Y. and Ric T.

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