stored RNA - is it any good

Dr. Duncan Clark news at
Thu Jul 12 07:53:24 EST 2001

In article <3B4D2D92.90AE395 at>, the eminent Andrew
Gosbell at Monash University wrote
>What is the best method to check viability - running on agarose gels?

Gels will not really show mRNA too well and even a slight degradation of
the rRNA bands will not necessarily be easy to spot. Other than doing an
RT-PCR or a quantitative analyis it will be tricky. I think some labs
are using the Agilent chip system to analyse RNA integrity i.e. possible

At the end of the day what level of degradation to you is acceptable?

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

Duncan Clark
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