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What is a simple method for extracting human DNA from nose mucus or earwax?

I tried googling for methods for DNA extraction for human nose mucus or earwax and couldn't find any. I assumed that if one can extract DNA from hair, which has few cells with non intact nucleus' then the same could be done with earwax, which also has few cells or mucus? The simpler the method, the better, given I am an undergrad with low experience.

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  • $\begingroup$ i dunno xD but how much in mass of "material" you have. You can purify DNA from raw leaves from the plants for example, so I guess if you are able to homogeneize your sample and provided you have 1)the equipment and reagents necesary (isopropanol, ethanol, sterile water a centrifuge) and 2) there is simply enought DNA material in the sample to begin with you could give it a shot. Anyway I completely dont know, i d try it if google hasnt said otherwise i guess.. anyway SE i summon you $\endgroup$ – Katz Aug 25 '15 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Katz I could wager i could collect the samples from my own nose and ear. And i do have access to those materials. So are you stating that a tradition extraction method for something like spit or hair would be suitable? $\endgroup$ – Ro Siv Aug 25 '15 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ i dont see any trivial reason why it would not work if the point 1 and 2 are provided. Do you have experience with DNA purification? I dont know how much "material" you would have to harvest to have a proper minimal yield.. maybe its a vrazy shit load. People get DNA from hair and stuff but I think it is many times to do PCR, and to do PCR you do not need too much DNA.. i think, maybe m mistaken $\endgroup$ – Katz Aug 25 '15 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ why do you want to do this btw xD $\endgroup$ – Katz Aug 25 '15 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ Just curious if I can do it as a side project, since I will have access to human primers for PCR and possibly have leftovers. $\endgroup$ – Ro Siv Aug 25 '15 at 20:51

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