Function of octanol/isoamylalcohol?

Bernie Cohen b.l.cohen at
Wed Aug 2 08:58:26 EST 2000

In article < at>,
hroychow at ("Dr. Hiranya S. Roychowdhury") wrote:

> The octanol or isoamyl alcohol prevents foaming of the organic phase. 
> At 09:44 AM 8/1/00 +0200, Jens Tiedemann wrote:

I agree with this comment, i.e. these components are unnecessary when a
centrifuge is used to separate the phases or when they separate
spontaneously, as they generally do in my DNA extractions. Foaming may
have been a problem once; it rarely is now.

Bernie Cohen
Division of Molecular Genetics
University of Glasgow
e-mail: b.l.cohen at

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