Extraction and Purification of Plasmid DNA

  • Craig Winstanley
  • Ralph Rapley
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


Plasmids may be isolated by a variety of methods many of which rely on the differential denaturation and reannealing of plasmid DNA compared to chromosomal DNA. Many of these are rapid, small-scale “minipreps” that may be used effectively for plasmid analysis and further manipulation. The methods differ primarily in the means by which cells are lysed.


Luria Bertani Sterile Tube Lysis Solution Microfuge Tube Isoamyl Alcohol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig Winstanley
    • 1
  • Ralph Rapley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical MicrobiologyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Department of BiosciencesUniversity of HertfordshireHatfieldUK

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