Receiving Plasmids in the Mail

Most plasmids are shipped as aliquots blotted onto filter paper. There will typically be between 200 – 1000 ng of plasmid DNA on the paper.

  1. Clean and sterilize one pair of scissors and one pair of forceps with 70% EtOH. Wipe both down with a kimwipe.
  2. Cut the filter paper designated as containing the plasmid and transfer to a labeled microfuge tube with the forceps
  3. Add 20-30μl of sterile deionized water directly onto the paper and push the paper to the bottom of the tube with the pipette.
  4. Vortex 1 min
  5. Centrifuge at 3000rpm for 20 min.
  6. Proceed to transform or store at 4°C for short term, or -20°C for long term storage. (Use 2-5 μl per transformation).