A simple, practical approach for the extraction of PCR-amplifiable DNA for the HLA-DQa gene from bloodstains deposited on various substrates is described. DNA from bloodstains is purified using Chelex 100 ion-exchange resin and then amplified. If amplification is not achieved, the extract is washed through a Centricon 100 dialysis/concentration tube. If the second amplification of this extract produces a negative result, the extract is processed with Chelex 100 again. This approach has been found to be reliable, safe, efficient and economical.
- DNA extraction