Microbiomes, localized communities of microorganisms that exist symbiotically with their immediate environment, can be found virtually anywhere; inside the human colon, around plant roots, inside coral reefs and even within ant colonies. These little microbial microcosms are a hot topic right now. Recent studies have implicated their role in the wellbeing of people, animals, plants and entire oceans (1–3). 

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As part of our research on the best practices for soil microbial DNA extraction, we collected a wide variety of samples for product development. Therefore, when we were developing the protocols for the PowerLyzer 24 Homogenizer, we developed a protocol that is applicable for the majority of the samples tested. 

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QIAGEN receives so many questions about DNA and RNA isolation from stool! One of the most frequently asked questions is how to store fecal samples for shipping and for further processing. 

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Cleaning up dirty DNA

3/13/2017 7:23 AM

 

QIAGEN is cleaning up… DNA and RNA that is. With the addition of the DNeasy and RNeasy PowerClean Pro Cleanup Kits to our portfolio, we thought it would be a great time to discuss how cleanup kits work and when it is appropriate to use one. 

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