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Centrifugation Techniques

  1. David Rickwood

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002704



How to Cite

Rickwood, D. 2001. Centrifugation Techniques. eLS. .

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  1. University of Essex, Colchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001

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Centrifugation is the use of the centrifugal forces generated in a spinning rotor to separate biological molecules primarily on the basis of either their size or their density.


  • centrifuge;
  • pelleting;
  • isopycnic;
  • rate-zonal;
  • gradient media;
  • sucrose;
  • CsCl;
  • Nycodenz;
  • Optiprep;
  • Percoll