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The extraction of high-quality nucleic acid may be problematic in formalin-fixed tissues because of cross-linking between proteins and DNA. Old fixed tissue specimens do produce fragmented DNA (<1.2 kb), which is only used for PCR amplification. Here we show that high molecular weight DNA (>194 kb) can be successfully extracted from fixed tissue samples (16-70 years old) by gradual dehydration and critical point drying. The reliability of extracted DNA was measured by its ability to serve as adoi:10.2144/02333rr03_11827a fatcat:hbttvw3xrva3doy4qgp7kelafi