Shoba Anantha at Bitesize Bio says that the most effective way the reduce amplicon contamination in labs running PCR is to "get the bleach out." She references a 1992 study by Andrus and Prince that reports a dilution of household bleach as more effective at destroying DNA detectable by PCR than 2.0 N HCl.

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