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posted Apr 30, 2018, 6:05 PM by Yoshitaka Uchida

   I have been training new students. This time, we learnt how to extract genes (DNA) from soils. We can research the role of microbes by extracting DNA from soils. We all know that microbes are important in soils but many details are still unknown. 
   There are several methods to extract DNA from soils. Depending on the soil types, some methods work better than others. Thus, we need to try different methods anyway. Also, the cost-performance and the bias during the extraction (sometimes only a part of DNA can be extracted from a soil) have to be taken into consideration. 
   We used a nasty chemical such as Chloroform in this experiment. Thus, we all try to learn from each other. Some students are still struggling, but I hope they will soon get used to dealing with these methods and expand their research further.