Automated Liquid Handling
Automated Liquid Handling

Automation of DNA Extraction

DNA extraction

DNA extraction is a form of nucleic acid extraction commonly carried out for any kind of molecular or forensic analysis. While DNA extraction is a fairly routine procedure, manual methods occupy considerable staff time, especially when working with a large number of samples. The extraction process inevitably follows the same repetitive steps with every run. Cell lysis is often carried out by sonication to free the desired nucleic acids.

Aurora has developed multiple solutions for automating traditional manual DNA extraction protocols. The VERSA Nucleic Acid Preparation (NAP) workstation is one such automated solution, and is ideally suited to researchers carrying out DNA extraction and other cell lysis protocols. The VERSA NAP allows staff to avoid unnecessary exposure to harmful reagents such as phenols used to remove proteins, thereby providing a safer work environment. Additionally, automated liquid handling systems perform DNA extraction to a greater degree of accuracy and consistency than manual pipetting methods, resulting in data that is more precise and reliable.

VERSA liquid handlers are easily customized to meet specific customer requirements. Additionally, Aurora’s intuitive, easy to use VERSAware software platform allows users to personalize their DNA extraction protocol to a greater degree than any other instrument available within the market place. Optional adjustable, built-in incubator plates provide VERSA platforms with all the conditions necessary to fully automate the extraction process following cell lysis.

Reagents can be dispensed directly from on-deck reagent bottles using the SyringePipettor liquid handling module. Bulk dispensing options are possible using the associated ReagentDrop module to dispense reagents directly from pressurized reservoirs connected at the back of the workstation. Aurora’s dedicated team of application scientists and engineers quickly and accurately assist users with method development, maximizing instrument performance while minimizing instrument down times.