This kit contains the equipment and reagents necessary to run any of our polymerase chain reaction (PCR) labs. These labs include PTC Taster, GMO, VNTR, and Alu Inserts. This kit does NOT contain any micropipettes or materials necessary to perform gel electrophoresis analysis of your PCR results. This kit comes with two MiniOne PCR machines that can hold 16 samples each.
In this lesson, students will predict their phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) Taster Gene status using a bitter food quiz and then analyze their own DNA from cheek cells using PCR looking for the presence of the TAS2R38 gene variant that makes them able to taste bitterness.
In this lab, students will analyze their own DNA from cheek cells, looking at the region of a specific Variable Number Tandem Repeat (VNTR) called D1S80.
In this lab, students will analyze their own DNA from cheek cells for the presence of an Alu insert called PV92, a small non-coding sequence of DNA, within a specific location on chromosome 16. Alu inserts are a region of your non-coding DNA that is either present or absent in an individual’s genome.
In this lab, students will analyze various food items containing corn for the presence of a well known GMO gene that codes for resistance to glyphosate, a popular herbicide, using multiplexed PCR.
In this lab, students will analyze mussel DNA to determine whether the mussel is a species native to the Pacific Northwest or an invasive species by detecting the presence or absence of an adhesive protein gene found in the invasive species.
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