Preservation of and DNA extraction from muscle tissue


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As well as protecting DNA for subsequent analysis, tissue preservation methods ideally should be safe, readily available, and easy to transport at relatively low cost. Formalin (formaldehyde solution), used extensively to preserve medical and museum specimens, irreparably damages DNA. We have found four tissue preservatives (solid salt, salt-saturated dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-EDTA solution, ethanol solution, and ethanol-EDTA solution) that preserved muscle tissue at 35 °C for up to 1 month: full short tandem repeat (STR) profiles were obtained after preservation. In addition, salt-saturated DMSO-EDTA solution yielded full STR profiles from aliquots of the liquid preservative surrounding muscle tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic DNA Typing Protocols
EditorsWilliam Goodwin
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781493935956
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


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