Spring 2017 - MBB 308 D100
Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
Class Number: 1529
Delivery Method: In Person
Modern molecular biological and recombinant nucleic acid methods will be covered. Examples are DNA and RNA isolation, plasmid preparation, restriction enzyme digestion, DNA cloning and polymerase chain reaction. Students with credit for BISC 357 may not take this course for further credit.
This course introduces students to recombinant DNA methods, and includes a two hour lecture plus one full afternoon of lab work per week. You must attend all lab sessions because you and your partner will be relying upon each other, and because this component is worth 50% of your grade. There will be additional open lab time before and/or after, to setup and/or to analyze results.
- Introduction: setting up a lab, safety, equipment, microbiology and sterile technique, using micropipettors.
- Preparation and characterization of genomic DNA.
- Plasmid miniprep, restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis.
- Polymerase Chain reaction.
- Isolation of DNA from a gel, subcloning into a plamid.
- Site-directed mutagenesis.
- DNA sequencing. Computer analysis of DNA sequence data.
Experiments are subject to change or rearrangement.
- Lab reports, lab notebook, quizzes, performance in the lab (exact proportions TBA) 50%
- 2 in-class exams 50%
No lab the first week of classes.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Safety goggles and a lab coat are required.
A non-refundable fee of $12.50 will be assesssed for the laboratory manual.
Dale, Jeremy W. and Malcolm von Schantz. (2012). From Genes to Genomes and Applications of DNA Technology, (3rd Ed.). Wiley.
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