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Technology Overview


The Core has equipped with two automated nucleic acids extraction systems to offer consistent sample processing with minimized potenital variations introduced by manual labour. They allow DNA and/or RNA extraction from various sample types.

Nucleic acids are isolated from lysates in one step through binding to the silica surface of magnetic particles in the presence of a chaotropic salt. The particles are then separated from the lysates with magnetic force. After washing, pure DNA or RNA is eluted.

Purified nucleic acids are ready for use in downstream applications e.g. MassArray genotyping, Sanger DNA sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing.



It is a high-throughput nucleic acids extraction system.
Dedicated kits and customized protocols for different sample types are available on request.

Kit Sample Type
QIAsymphony DSP DNA Kit Blood and blood-derived samples, tissue, cell cultures
QIAsymphony DNA Investigator Kit Forensic and human identity samples
QIAsymphony DSP Virus/Pathogen Kit Plasma, serum, CSF
QIAsymphony DSP Circulating Kit Plasma, urine
QIAsymphony DSP AXpH DNA Kit Liquid-based cytology samples
QIAsymphony RNA Kit Tissue, cell culture
QIAsymphony PAXgene Blood RNA Kit Human whole blood in PAXgene Blood RNA Tubes
QIAsymphony mericon Bacteria Kit Enriched culture
QIAsymphony Certal Kits Bioprocess purification buffer, cell culture supernatant samples, vaccine preparations


QIAcube is a low throughput nucleic acid extraction system for processing QIAgen spin columns. Up to 12 samples can be processed per run and no change of purification chemistry is required.

Most of the spin-column kits can be processed in QIAcube. RNA extraction kits and Allprep kits for DNA/RNA extraction are available.  Please enquire for customized projects and protocols.

Kit Sample Type
RNeasy Mini Animal tissue and cells
miRNeasy Mini Animal tissues and cells - Aqueous phase
AllPrep DNA/RNA FFPE Kit FFPE tissue sections
AllPrep DNA/RNA Mini Animal tissues and cells
Allprep DNA/RNA/miRNA Universal Frozen tissue, OCT frozen tissue and Cells

Contact us for advice on which instrument best fits your need.