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.
Students are required to understand the basics of DNA replication and the nucleotide sequence of genes.
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.