cDNA stability?

Jose McNach via (by josenet At
Tue Jan 16 13:43:20 EST 2007

I normally synthesise my cDNA from RNA using Invitrogen's SuperscriptII
reverse transcriptase, and when done I store it at -20oC. I just make
dilutions from that stock for semiquantitative PCR and it generally
works well, and I can go back to the stocks months later and it's still

Last November (2 months ago) I prepared a batch of cDNAs, calibrated
them (the dilutions), did a bunch of PCRs, and this time I stored it at
-80, together with the RNA. No particular reason.
A month later I went back to use some of it, and failed. Then Xmas came
and I didn't try again till today... yep, it definitely does not work

I think the fact I stored them at -80 and failed is a coincidence...
but I *never* have had this sort of problem before so I'm trying to be
open minded...

Has anybody experienced any problems with cDNA storage at -80?

I wonder if freeze-thawing is more harmful at -80 than -20... yet I
haven't experienced any problems at all with several rounds of
freeze-thawing at -20 in the past...


Any comments? Thanks!


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