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An accurate molecular analysis of the microbial constituents of a particular community is contingent upon high-yielding and non-biased nucleic acid extraction methodologies. Only by ensuring that all species and classes of microorganisms present in a sample are effectively lysed during extraction will one be able to reliably assess the composition of that sample. An additional challenge faced in nucleic acid extraction is the presence of persistent, co-purifying polymerase inhibitors endogenous to one’s sample. This presentation will focus on nucleic acid extraction tools developed by MO BIO Laboratories that facilitate accurate non-biased community analysis and eliminate common amplification problems via the depletion of endogenous polymerase inhibitors using our patented Inhibitor Removal Technology.