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Biospecimen Extraction Facility

The Biospecimen Extraction Resource (BER) provides a centralized laboratory for standardized, high-quality DNA, RNA and protein extraction from blood, tissues, saliva, cells, or other patient-derived biospecimens. Additional services include DNA gel electrophoresis, Picogreen DNA quantitation, real-time PCR DNA quantitation, and whole blood processing for lymphocytes and plasma. Our facility is utilized by both lab-based investigators who want fast turn-around time for standardized and high-quality extractions or whole blood processing and non-lab-based investigators (majority are clinicians) who are in great need of the service of sample processing. High quality of DNA/RNA products is the foundation of successful cancer research such as analysis of genetic alterations, gene expression profiling and next generation sequencing. We work very closely with the Sequencing and Microarray Facility (SMF) and the DNA/RNA samples extracted from us can be submitted directly from our core to SMF across the hallway.

Getting Started

Contact Director Jian Gu, Ph.D. at 713-792-8016 or via email ( for information about services, sample submission and chargebacks.


Details of the processing of samples prior to submission are available upon request.

Service Acknowledgment

This Core facility is partially funded by institutional support of MD Anderson Cancer Center.  If publications use samples processed and data generated by the Core facility, please acknowledge the Biospecimen Extraction Resource of MD Anderson Cancer Center for sample processing and DNA/RNA/protein extraction in the acknowledgment section. Please send the citation of the publication acknowledging the Core facility to the Core Director via email:

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