Obtaining DNA from formalin fixed tissue

Lauri Aavik aavik at csc.fi
Mon Aug 18 04:03:18 EST 1997

In article <Pine.SOL.3.95q.970814132643.6281A-100000 at panther.uwo.ca>, "W.T
Howson" <whowson at julian.uwo.ca> wrote:

> Does anyone out in this group have any experience in obtaining DNA from
> formalin fixed/parrafin embedded tissue.  We have tried two methods,
> proteinase K treatment and a modified Qiagen tissue kit after removing
> the parafin using standard technique and appear to get no DNA from these
> tissues. Are we doing something wrong or is there a more reliable and sure
> method available.

If the blocks have stayed for long periods in formalin (more than 4%)  or
in formalin, which has not been neutralized (formalin is acidic, usually),
so you might never get any DNA. Try blocks, which have been fixed with
neutral 4% formalin.

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