NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver have published a proof-of-principle study demonstrating the use of their electric field-based method for extracting DNA from contaminated material.

The team isolated DNA representing more than 200 different kinds of bacteria in oil sand samples that had previously been resistant to DNA extraction by conventional methods. The research is scheduled to appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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