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Gel Electrophoresis

Agarose Gel Electrophoresis: Planning and Running Experiments

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Apply agarose gel electrophoresis in an experimental context to identify pathogens, and test for genetic disease. Overcome a variety of experimental setbacks and integrate knowledge of complementary procedures to reach conclusions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the experimental setup for an agarose gel experiment
  • Describe, in detail, two potential uses of agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Predict the expected results for a specific agarose gel experiment
  • Interpret the results of an agarose gel experiment
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Concepts Principles and Theories

  • Apply gel electrophoresis fundamentals to a genetic experimental scenario

Interpreting and Analysing Data

  • Identify errors and their cause in results
  • Determine the identity of a pathogen and severity of a disease

Manipulating and Presenting Data

  • Create and use a standard curve

Obtaining and Recording Data

  • Measure migration distance of DNA fragments in an agarose gel

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Gel Electrophoresis

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