Cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) , akahexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, or 1-Hexadecanaminium, N,N,N-trimethyl-, bromide (C16H33N(CH3)3Br) is one of the components of the antiseptic cetrimide. It is a cationic surfactantCitation needed. Its uses include providing a buffer solution for the extraction of DNACitation needed. An antiseptic (Greek Î±Î½ÏÎ¹, against, and ÏÎ·ÏÏÎ¹ÎºÎ¿Ï, putrefactive) is a substance that prevents the growth and reproduction of various microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses) on the external surfaces of the body. ... Surfactants, also known as wetting agents, lower the surface tension of a liquid, allowing easier spreading, and the interfacial tension between two liquids. ... Space-filling model of a section of DNA molecule Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life (and most viruses). ...
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