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What are some practical purposes of purifying DNA and other nucleic acids?
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Default Re: Why is DNA purification important?

I just do purification of DNA before ligation or transfection.

(1) for ligation, the 'salt' (Nacl,Mg2+,Tris-HCl etc) can influence the ligation. The buffer for ligation is different from the buffer for enzyme digestion or PCR, so that we need to do the purification before ligation to get the DNA in elution buffer or di water.

(2) transfection, the endotoxin is not good for cells so that we need to purify the DNA to get rid of endotoxin (we normally get it from bacteria when we amplify pasmid in bacteria)
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Default Re: Why is DNA purification important?

The DNA is purified to make sure you isolate one cell's DNA only. The DNA would then be "amplified" so that it can be detected.


DNA is very seldom isolated from a single cell. Once isolated it cannot be used to tell the persons hair or eye color - you would need to have very specific probes for a lot of genes, there are many other problems here in using it to identify anyone. IF you are looking at a crime the DNA could be used if you have another persons DNA to compare it to. If you are given DNA and no suspect - you're out of luck. These comparison are done by looking at digestion of DNA samples with a variety of highly specific endonucleases.

Isolation of pure DNA is normally done in a research lab so that it can be studied without interfering substances. such as RNA or protein that might inhibit or block enzymatic digestion of the DNA or amplification of the DNA by PCR.
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Default Re: Why is DNA purification important?

This may help determine what the person sort of looks like and what color their hair is, ETC. I think that they do it so they can narrow it down to certain people if it is a crime.
The DNA is purified to make sure you isolate one cell's DNA only. The DNA would then be "amplified" so that it can be detected.


DNA is very seldom isolated from a single cell. Once isolated it cannot be used to tell the persons hair or eye color - you would need to have very specific probes for a lot of genes, there are many other problems here in using it to identify anyone. IF you are looking at a crime the DNA could be used if you have another persons DNA to compare it to. If you are given DNA and no suspect - you're out of luck. These comparison are done by looking at digestion of DNA samples with a variety of highly specific endonucleases.

Isolation of pure DNA is normally done in a research lab so that it can be studied without interfering substances. such as RNA or protein that might inhibit or block enzymatic digestion of the DNA or amplification of the DNA by PCR
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