When used in conjunction with the InnuPure® C16 touch, the innuPREP Mycobacteria DNA Kit-IPC16 automates the process of extracting mycobacterial DNA from sputum, bronchoalveolar lavages or cultured mycobacterial cell pellets. Cell walls can be lysed either by treating with lysozyme or, alternately, by raising the temperature. This is followed by proteinase K digestion to break down proteins in the cell lysates and to release the nucleic acids. Subsequent DNA isolation is performed using magnetic particle separation and is based on patented DC technology. Prefilled, sealed Reagent Strips and/or Plates can significantly reduce the risk of cross-contamination between samples.