Summer 2018 - MBB 308 D100

Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 4114

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 7 – Aug 3, 2018: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 331 with a minimum grade of C-



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 will introduce students to recombinant nucleic acid methods. Lab time will involve one full afternoon per week of lab work, for which attendance is mandatory—unexcused absences will be penalized. There will be additional open lab time required before and/or after your lab slot to setup and analyze results.

Laboratory Exercises:

  1. Introduction: setting up a lab, safety, equipment, microbiology and sterile technique, using micropipettors.
  2. Preparation and characterization of genomic DNA.
  3. Plasmid miniprep, restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis.
  4. Polymerase Chain reaction.
  5. Isolation of DNA from a gel, subcloning into a plasmid.
  6. Site-directed mutagenesis.
  7. 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.



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.
ISBN: 9780470683859

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