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λ DNA-BstEII Digest


Product Introduction

  • Size range: 117 bp to 8,454 bp
  • Supplied with free vial of Gel Loading Dye, Purple (6X), no SDS (NEB #B7025)


Catalog # Size Concentration
N3014L 1.5 ml 500 μg/ml
N3014S 0.3 ml 500 μg/ml

Product Information


The BstEII digest of lambda DNA (cI857 ind 1 Sam 7) yields 14 fragments suitable for use as molecular weight standards for agarose gel electrophoresis (1). The approximate mass of DNA in each of the bands is provided (assuming a 1.0 μg load) for approximating the mass of DNA in comparably intense samples of similar size.

Comes supplied with 1 vial of Gel Loading Dye, Purple (6X), no SDS.

  • Recommended gel percentage range: 0.6-1.2%
  • Optimum separation on 0.8% 

Lambda DNA-BstE II Digest visualized by ethidium bromide staining. 1.0% agarose gel. The full list of DNA fragments can be found in the chart below.

Reagents Supplied

The following reagents are supplied with this product:

Store at (°C) Concentration
Gel Loading Dye, Purple (6X), no SDS 25 6 X
Product Categories:
DNA Markers & Ladders Products
DNA Analysis

Properties and Usage


Fragment Mass bp
1 174 8,454
2 149 7,242
3 131 6,369
4 117 5,686
5 99 4,822
6 89 4,324
7 76 3,675
8 48 2,323
9 40 1,929
10 28 1,371
11 26 1,264
12 14 702
13 5 224
14 2 117

Effective Size Range

117.0bp to 8,454.0bp

Storage Temperature


Storage Conditions

10 mM Tris-HCl
pH 8.0 @ 25°C


  1. The cohesive ends of fragments 1 and 4 may be separated by heating to 60°C for 3 minutes.
  2. For long term storage, store at -20°C. If samples need to be diluted, use TE or other buffer of minimal ionic strength. DNA may denature if diluted in dH20 and subsequently heated. Temperatures > 60°C may cause denaturation.
  3. 1X Gel Loading Dye, Purple, no SDS: 
    2.5% Ficoll®-400
    10mM EDTA
    3.3mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.0@25°C)
    0.02% Dye 1
    0.001% Dye 2


  1. Daniels, D.L. et al (1983). Appendix II: Complete Annotated Lambda Sequence. R.W. Hendrix, J.W. Roberts, F.W. Stahl and R.A. Weisberg(Ed.), Lambda-II. 519-676. New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.
  2. Forster, A.C. et al. (1985). Nucl. Acids Res. 13, 745-761.

Faqs & Tech Tips


  1. What are the overhangs on the DNA ladder fragments? Can I end-label them using the T4 polynucleotide kinase (PNK)? What about the Klenow fragment?
  2. How can I quantify the amount of DNA in each band of a marker?
  3. Why does my Lambda DNA molecular weight marker appear smeared and not represent the correct banding pattern?
  4. Can I use GelRed® with the DNA Ladders from NEB?
  5. Can I use Midori Green with the DNA Ladders from NEB?
  6. Can I use SYBR® with the DNA Ladders from NEB?

Tech Tips

Heat at 60C for 3 minutes to separate the cohesive ends of fragments 1 and 4.

To make it ready-to-load, dilute in TE buffer instead of water.

Protocols & Manuals


  1. Suggested Loading Protocol for N3014 & N3012


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