DNA Extraction - (Mar/07/2010 )
For a standard procedure of DNA extraction, what will happen if you did not add the concentrated salt solution but proceed with centrifuge and subsequently removing the solution and add in alcohol?
Are you refering to DNA precipitation? If you don't add salt, the DNA won't precipitate and hence will remain in solution and you won't get a DNA pellet.
PTeo on Mar 7 2010, 03:09 PM said:
You need the salt (positively charged ions) in Ethanol precipitation of nucleic acids, to bind to negatively charged phosphates exposed by the ethanol for precipitation to occur.
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