The first step is addition of lysis buffer to the samples (see flowchart " FlexiGene DNA procedure
"). Cell nuclei and mitochondria are pelleted by centrifugation and resuspended in denaturation buffer containing QIAGEN Protease. Following protein digestion, DNA is precipitated by addition of isopropanol, recovered by centrifugation, washed in 70% ethanol, and dried. DNA is resuspended in hydration buffer and is ready for direct use in downstream assays or storage at –20ºC. High DNA yields are obtained from whole blood, buffy coat, and cultured cells (see table "DNA yields purified from different sample types using the FlexiGene procedure").