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What is DNA extraction used for?

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DNA extraction is used in diagnostic processes, detecting viruses and police forensics. Being able to pull or extract the DNA from the rest of a cell or a sample gives scientist the clearest look at the samples they have and allows them to identify the individual pieces of the DNA.

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Being able to identify these tiny pieces of DNA means that scientists can match them against other samples to identify a person or even create vaccines against a disease. DNA is extracted by breaking open a cell and then degrading the proteins. The sample is then put in a centrifuge which separates the parts of the broken open cell, which scientists can then extract for sequencing or other methods of testing.

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