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Teacher-Recommended Collection: Molecular Biology: DNA, PCR, and Electrophoresis

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Description Collection Description
The resources in this collection are intended to help students learn about molecular biology processes, including: DNA extraction, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), and Gel Electrophoresis. Using these techniques students can learn about phenotypes, genotypes, alleles, genes, inherited conditions, forensics, and many other topics dealing with molecular biology.

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This collection can be used in the lab to teach molecular biology; from DNA extraction to PCR to Gel Electrophoresis.

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This collection can be used by teachers who are teaching General Biology, AP Bio, Honors Bio, A & P, and any other Biological Science.

Describe how this collection works.
This collection will follow the main process in molecular biology from DNA extraction to PCR (making copies of targeted genes), and Gel Electrophoresis (visualizing the DNA).

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
If teachers have the resources (time and money), the Samples to Sequences resource has the complete materials list and protocol for extracting DNA and sequencing a specific gene from a variety or source

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Multiple Formats
Raena Cota, New Mexico State University
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Learning Time 4-6 hours
Language English
Cultural Aspect Historical (specific eras)
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

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Web Site Links
As part of the NMSU-HHMI Mobile Molecular Lab visit, we have two activities which rely on DNA sequences found on Genbank. By searching and using sequences from the Genbank database the students can make a phylogenetic tree using gene sequences.
PCR Virtual Lab
This web site allows the students to see the Polymerase Chain Reaction in action. If a school does not have access to a thermal cycler, teachers can use this virtual lab.


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A very good collection of resources especially the virtual lab and wet lab. I am sure it will be very useful for students to understand the basics of genetics and molecular biology.

—Muhammad Adnan Kanpurwala, Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences

The teaching collection is a wonderful resource for introducing students to basic genetic tools in use today.  The four items are diverse in their approach and the type of resource.  Regardless of whether you have a genetics lab already set up or no equipment at all, you will fine interactive activities that you can use with your students.  THe wet lab has complete instructions and accompanying materials to help students really understand DNA barcoding.  If you need resources more suitable for a non-lab environment, there are plenty to choose from that are user friendly.

—Terry Derting, Murray State University