Fall 2024 - MBB 308 D100

Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 1497

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    or corequisite: 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 every week, for which attendance is mandatory—unexcused absences will be penalized.

Laboratory Exercises:

  1. Check-in, safety, Pipette practice, NanoDrop
  2. Making LB Bacterial plates, casting and loading agarose gels, streaking pJ014 and pJT0 cells onto LB-Amp plates           
  3. Inoculation of liquid culture from pJT0 plates, colony PCR, plasmid miniprep, PCR confirmation via gel electrophoresis    
  4. Restriction digest of PCR product and purified pJT0 plasmid; gel electrophoresis; gel purification of PCR product           
  5. Dephosphorylate of pJT0 vector, ligation, transformation in DH5α cells; Pour LB-Amp     
  6. Site-directed mutagenesis via PCR cycling; DpnI digestion   of parental plasmid and transformation/plating       
  7. Fluorescent characterization of mCherry & mutants
  8. Isolation of genomic DNA and total RNA from Drosophila, NanoDrop.       
  9. Formaldehyde gel analysis, PCR of gene-specific fragment from genomic DNA; generation of a specific cDNA via RT-PCR; pour LB-Amp plates
  10. Gel electrophoresis of the genomic PCR product and cDNA from RT-PCR; spin column purification; cloning of the genomic PCR product into pGEM-T Easy: ligation and transformation   
  11. Miniprep of pGEM-T Easy – genomic PCR, diagnostic restriction digests and gel electrophoresis of cloned product; cycle sequencing of genomic and cDNA clone         
  12. Computer lab for analysis of Drosophila sequencing data
Experiments are subject to change or rearrangement.


  • Lab Notebook 15%
  • Lab Performance 20%
  • Lab Quizzes 10%
  • Mini-assignment 5%
  • Midterm exam 15%
  • Final exam 20%
  • Lab exam 15%



Safety goggles or face shield, and a lab coat are required.


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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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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  • Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability, must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (778-782-3112 or e-mail:  caladmin@sfu.ca)

Registrar Notes:


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