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FastDNA SPIN Kit for Soil: An Essential Tool for Developing Solutions Against Global Warming

May 04 2020 Read 746 Times

Bacteria known as methanophiles have the capacity to break down methane gas in the atmosphere, helping to combat the build up of the greenhouse gas.

Dr Angela Smirnova, at the University of Calgary, Canada, is confident that by gradually unpicking the underlying mechanisms of bacterial methane cycling, supported by top technologies and scientific expertise, future biotechnological development will take advantage of methanotrophy for methane-assimilation and offer a potential means of climate change reversal.

By employing genetic tools and qPCR analysis, her team was able to demonstrate that transcriptional regulation of genes encoding identical soluble methane monooxygenases contributes to a different lifestyle of either facultative or obligate methanotrophs.

They were able to isolate high-quality DNA from microbial communities for this type of study using the FastDNA™ SPIN Kit for Soil.

“We use the FastDNA™ SPIN Kit for Soil technology to isolate DNA from environmental samples, such as soil and water,” explained Smirnova. “Ultimately, the integrity of your DNA sample determines the validity of your results, so this type of technology helps us to achieve publication-quality data that’s received by high-profile journals.”

Dr Angela Smirnova, Research Associate based in the Extremophile Laboratory,  Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, Canada.

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