Preparation of Competent Bacterial Cells
Based on a protocol from Neil Olszewski and Scott Medberry.
They based their protocol on the one by Dower, et al. in Nucleic Acids Research 16:6127-6145 (1988).
- Grow E. coli in X ml of your favorite bacterial media at 37°. Shake the cells vigorously.
- Harvest the cells when they are in mid log growth (A600 is between 0.5 and 1.0)
- Chill the cells on ice for a few minutes.
- Pellet the cells and resuspend in X ml of cold, sterile H2O.
- Pellet the cells again and resuspend in 0.5X ml of cold, sterile H2O.
- Pellet the cells again and resuspend in 0.02X ml of cold, sterile 10% glycerol.
- Pellet the cells again and resuspend in 0.002X ml of cold, sterile 10% glycerol.
- Pipet 60 to 100 µl aliquots into 0.5 ml Epindorf tubes. Quick freeze in liquid nitrogen and store at -70°.
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