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DNA extraction using the QIAsymphony: Evaluation of PCR inhibitor removal
Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series
The goal of this study was to compare the quantity and purity of DNA extracted from biological tracesusing the QIAsymphony robot with that of the manual QIAamp DNA mini kit currently in use in ourlaboratory. We found that the DNA yield of robot was 1.6-3.5 times lower than that of the manualprotocol. This resulted in a loss of 8% and 29% of the alleles correctly scored when analyzing 1/400 and 1/800 diluted saliva samples, respectively. Specific tests showed that the QIAsymphony was at least 2-16times more efficient at removing PCR inhibitors. The higher purity of the DNA may therefore partlycompensate for the lower DNA yield obtained. No case of cross-contamination was observed amongsamples. After purification with the robot, DNA extracts can be automatically transferred in 96-wellsplates, which is an ideal format for subsequent RT-qPCR quantification and DNA amplification. Lesshands-on time and reduced risk of operational errors represent additional advantages of the robotic platform.
Automation, DNA extraction, STR , Real time PCR, Robot,
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