Product News: MP Biomedicals develops two new high-performance DNA extraction kits to advance both environmental and gut microbiome research

27 Aug 2020


MP Biomedicals have announced the launch of two new high-performance DNA extraction kits – SPINeasy™ DNA Kit for Soil and MagBeads FastDNA™ Kit for Feces – to advance microbiome research.

SPINeasy™ DNA Kit for Soil employs spin column technology, proprietary lysis buffers to protect the DNA and specially formulated buffers to remove inhibitors, to extract genomic DNA of high yield and purity from the diverse and difficult soil samples.

MagBeads FastDNA™ Kit for Feces allows high yield and quick isolation of genomic DNA from fecal samples. It is using proprietary magnetic beads with high binding capacity and selectivity for genomic DNA and can be applied on automated nucleic acid extraction instruments for high throughput processing.

Microbiome research has wide applications in agriculture, biofuel, ecology, environment remediation and healthcare. The characterization of soil and gut microbiome requires the extraction of genetic materials, but it is not an easy process as both sources have complex content which can hinder scientists from getting sufficient yield of DNA or DNA of high purity that can be used directly for downstream application.

“In the microbiome research, we understand that lack of consistency in DNA extraction process will hinder the accurate analysis of the microbial representation and the ability to compare results between studies.” explained Dr Wong Kak Ming, Research Scientist at MP Biomedicals.

Variability in results can stem from all the steps in the microbiome study process including sample preparation, DNA extraction, and downstream analyses. The development team at MP Biomedicals is focused on optimizing both the sample preparation and DNA extraction steps to ensure high quality and yield of DNA to advance the microbiome research.

Highlights on SPINeasy™ DNA Kit for Soil:

  • Thorough lysis of cell bodies using Lysing Matrix E tube
  • Lysis buffers to protect released DNA and remove unwanted RNA.
  • Specially formulated buffers to get rid of humic substances and other inhibitors.
  • Dedicated spin column S1 with high binding capacity and selectivity for genomic DNA.
  • Consistently better yield and purity of DNA from various soil types as compared to other similar DNA extraction kits.

Highlights on MagBeads FastDNA™ Kit for Feces:

  • Thorough lysis of cell bodies using Lysing Matrix E tube.
  • Prewash buffers to effectively remove contaminants and inhibitors before lysis process.
  • Lysis buffers to protect released DNA and remove unwanted RNA.
  • Proprietary magnetic beads with high binding capacity and selectivity of the genomic DNA.
  • Outstanding yield and purity of DNA from various fecal sample as compared to other similar DNA extraction kits.
  • Works fast with manual operation using a magnetic rack and is also compatible with any open automation instruments when high throughput processing is needed.

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