n this 120-minute miniPCR Learning Lab™, you will help the International Space Agency control an outbreak of pathogenic bacteria in space food bound for Mars! Learn how to use miniPCR™(the PCR machine aboard the International Space Station), restriction analysis, and DNA gel electrophoresis to characterize bacterial strains and protect the health of astronauts.
This applied biotechnology investigation addresses a foodborne illness outbreak through the same real-world methodologies that public health and surveillance authorities use here on Earth. You’ll learn molecular microbiology techniques relevant to the STEM job market, and engage in a real-world problem with huge public health and economic impact.
This miniPCR Learning Lab™ utilizes the following molecular techniques:
The miniPCR Food Safety Lab kit contains reagents for 8 lab groups of 4 students:
Suggested skill level: Intended for any student seeking familiarity with PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis, environmental microbiology and antibiotic resistance, from middle school to college.
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