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Learning Exercise

Material: Virtual Bacterial Identification Lab
Submitted by: alan elkins on Feb 28, 2003
Date Last Modified: Feb 28, 2003
Title: Understanding Automated DNA Techniques
Description: Students will perform a virtual lab that encompasses identifying a bacterium using a small sample of DNA. They will use the automated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique to amplify the sample, use a gene sequencer to determine the nucleotide sequence, and compare the results to a DNA database to identify the organism.
Type of Task: Individual
Time Required One lab session
Topics: Current techniques in Molecular Genetics
Course: General Biology I (Non-majors) Lab
Audience: College Lower Division
Prerequisites Skills: Students are required to understand the basics of DNA replication and the nucleotide sequence of genes.
Learning Objectives: Students will understand how machines can be used to perform complicated and laborious laboratory tasks.
Text of Learning Exercise: Students will log on to the site using the computers in the lab. They will
perform the virtual lab as if it were a ?hands on? lab experiment. They will
prepare a lab report following the same guidelines as any other lab. Reports
will be due the following lab period.
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