DNA Amplification Using Body Heat, No Instrument Required

Cartoon by Ed Himelblau
Cartoon by Ed Himelblau Copyright Ed Himelblau.
When I was in the lab, there was more than a few times I held tubes in my hand (maybe even under my arm) to make them thaw faster, especially reaction buffers. However, I never considered whether this could be a strategy for actual incubation although humans run at about 37°C and many restriction enzyme reactions proceed most efficiently at 37°C. But research published in PLOS ONE by Crannell, Rohrman and Richards-Kortum took this idea and decided to experiment with the possibility of eliminating an instrument-based DNA amplification. Continue reading “DNA Amplification Using Body Heat, No Instrument Required”