DNA extraction

Our DNA extraction laboratory provides reliable, high quality extraction services to VCGS testing laboratories, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), and The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

We are experts in DNA extraction from a variety of sources and starting material as low as 500µl. Our team provides a fast, reliable, cost-effective and fully NATA accredited DNA extraction service with a turn-around time of 1-2 business days.(* Please contact the laboratory prior to submission if starting material volume is less than 500µl.)

We offer manual DNA extractions using a range of commercially available extraction kits as well as an automated robotic system employing magnetic bead based separation technology. This provides high yield, high quality DNA suitable for a range of downstream applications.

Our routine extraction services cover:

  • Blood
  • Bone marrow
  • Saliva from Oracollect swab kits
  • Urine
  • Buccal swabs
  • Tissue
  • Cell culture or sorted cells

For urgent requests or if you have specific sample requirements please contact the DNA extractions laboratory to discuss your request (details below).

DNA sendaway service

The DNA extraction unit also provides a variety of options for dispatching of DNA ‘sendaway’ services. Services will only be performed upon receipt of a fully completed VCGS send away form with a dispatch turn-around time of between 1-2 business days.

** Please contact [email protected] for sendaway form.


DNA extraction (manual or automated) $60 per extraction

DNA shipped interstate $50

DNA shipped overseas $160

Blood shipped interstate $100

Melbourne metro via VCGS courier no charge


P (03) 9936 6385
E [email protected]


For MCRI employees, refer to MCRI intranet for required forms.