Results: Looks like gDNA contamination is still present!! This is insane! However, the two water-only samples produced a signal suggesting that something else is contaminated. Will try just qPCR-ing water to see if I can get a clean signal. Will use “store-bought” PCR water instead of NanoPure water.
*UPDATE**: Possibly used 16s universal bacterial primers instead of H.crach 16s primers! Doh! Will re-qPCR using the correct primers.
Results: Still f’ing gDNA! I’m pretty convinced that this is indeed due to the Ambion kit I’m using being old. Got mixed up with a newer kit, but neither had dates. Mac is going to be running a qPCR later today on DNased RNA that used the other Ambion kit. I will wait until the results of her qPCR to proceed.
RNA from yesterday was treated according to Ambion Turbo DNA-free protocol to remove gDNA contamination. Work up is here. Will check for residual gDNA contamination once I’ve finished with another set of RNA isolations from the remainder of Abalone Dg tissue.