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My own personal brand of labelling obsessiveness:

  • DNA shall hav a light green dot on the top of it's tube if it is a maxiprep; bright orange if it is primer; and I haven't had to assign a miniprep color yet.
  • Chemicals will be labelled on orange tape if sterile, and on green if they are not.
  • E. coli stock will have a dark green dot on the top of its tube. M. smegmatis will have dark blue.

Neeraj's advice for revising my PCR:

  • Titrating Mg, DNA, etc. is for when you don't get any bands; no good if you have too many bands.
  • Use 30s instead of 1 minute for the three stages of PCR in general. Strongly binding primers will bind just fine in 30s, extension for 30s in 1 minute will reduce nonspecific large stuff, and 30s at denaturation will destroy less of the polymerase at each cycle.
  • Can try adding 5M DMSO if there's still a lot of nonspecific junk.
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