Bacterial RNA isolation

Robert Hartley rh at
Fri Jun 9 06:52:08 EST 2000

In article <8hqigq$8dk_001 at>, MICMDF at (M.D. Farrar) wrote:

> Dear all
> Does anyone have a protocol for the efficient extraction of total RNA from 
> Staphylococci (or other Gram-positive bacteria)? Our problems are mainly 
> associated with insufficient cell lysis and RNA degradation during the 
> extraction procedure.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.

You may want to invest in a Ribolyser from Hybaid of Bio101. (the same machine)
They are about 2,000 ukp but apparently they work brilliantly.

As a first step you could buy the tubes from hybaid and use a mini
vortexer. cost about 100ukp. 

I don't have any experience with prok's but it is worth a try.


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