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One option is to use SPRI beads, like those sold by Ampure (Ampure XP beads) to separate DNA fragments by size. By adjusting the ratio of beads to sample, you can selectively bind fragments of certain lengths by excluding those of other lengths, as seen in the following image: From this image, you might try using a beads-to-sample ratio of 0.7 to exclude ...


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In my mind, gel separation (using a fairly high percentage gel to separate the bands as much as possible) and manual excision is by far the best option. The problem with molecular weight cutoff filters is that the value they give (5000 Da, for example) is an average pore size, it is not exact. Therefore, any attempt to separate 270 bp from 170 bp oligos will ...



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