Traditional extraction methods often rely on proteinase K, SDS and purification by columns, beads or solvent extraction. Extraneous agents are added that subsequently need to be removed – all in an effort to get a simple result – high-yield, purified nucleic acids.

Much of the problem is the inadequacy of the lysis step. Proteinase K doesn’t work at a high enough temperature to denature the proteins it is digesting. To compensate, SDS is added but is toxic to every downstream diagnostic. So it must be removed, initiating a cascade of steps – each solving what was done in the previous step.

Time is wasted.
Yields aren’t preserved.
Errors are made.
Samples are vulnerable to contamination.
Technicians are exposed to harsh chemicals.
Excess plastic waste and hazardous materials need to be thrown away.


The MicroGEM Advantage

At MicroGEM, we have re-invented nucleic acid extraction. We replace traditional extraction methods with a simple, single-tube approach. Our thermophilic and mesophilic enzymes are derived from extremophiles living in the world’s harshest environments. We have developed specially-formulated cocktails of these enzymes and buffers that work at different temperatures, creating a sequence of coordinated temperature-driven reactions easily done using a thermal cycler or MicroGEM’s PDQeX Nucleic Acid Extractor.

Whichever system you use, our simplified sample preparation produces high-quality DNA and RNA, with good yields, less chance of error and less chance of cross-contamination.

By tapping into nature’s most extreme organisms and deriving enzymes from these extremophiles, we have captured nature’s power in a single tube. As a result, we offer a nearly effortless approach to extracting high-quality nucleic acid from a single cell or from thousands of cells – all in minutes, not hours – with no loss of DNA or RNA, and at a reasonable cost.

Watch MicroGEM’s ‘Nature in a Tube‘ webinar to discover your solution to effortless nucleic acid extraction.

Workflow Comparison Using Temperature-Controlled Extraction vs Conventional Extraction Methods

Comparison of MIcroGEM’s temperature-controlled, closed-tube, simplified extraction to conventional approaches that use multiple steps, detergents, and denaturants

The thermophilic proteinase is activated with a simple temperature change. The whole process is easily automated in a single tube using standard laboratory equipment – a standard thermocycler can be programmed to carry out the extraction or use MicroGEM’s PDQeX Nucleic Acid Extractor for simplified automation.

The process is a game-changer for challenging bacterial, fungal, and plant samples. The low activity of the proteinase at mesophilic temperatures means enzymes such as lysozyme, glucuronidases, cellulases and hemicellulases can be activated to break down tough cell walls. Destroyed at 75°C, they clear the way for the proteinase to do its work.

The result? Effortless nucleic acid extractions, even from challenging samples, compatible with most downstream applications.