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SKU: KT-1900-06

COVID qPCR Lab: Diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Simulation

AU$266.00 ex GST

This lab demonstrates the power that molecular techniques bring to managing infectious disease outbreaks. In this case study students act as healthcare providers at an airport screening facility and test fictional patients for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Students use PCR and a fluorescence viewer to diagnose their patients. 

The data for this lab can be collected two ways: endpoint detection or qPCR time point observations. Endpoint detection allows your students to use a single observation of fluorescence to diagnose their patients, in a single class period and without the need to run a gel. For longer classes, students can monitor their PCR samples over time to model the principles of qPCR, the gold standard for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  • Techniques: Micropipetting, qPCR, fluorescence visualization, gel electrophoresis (optional)
  • Topics: Infectious disease, molecular diagnostics, biotechnology
  • Time required: One or two class periods (depending on approach)
  • Level: General high school, advanced high school, college

Disclaimer: no pathogenic materials are used. This experimental protocol engages students in a simulated patient diagnosis exercise. None of the materials provided in this lab kit pose a pathogenic risk. For educational use only. Not for diagnostic use.

 

Key info and benefits:

  • Techniques: Micropipetting, qPCR, fluorescence visualization, gel electrophoresis (optional)
  • Topics: Infectious disease, molecular diagnostics, biotechnology
  • Time required: One or two class periods (depending on approach) 

Kit includes:

 

  • This lab kit provides enough reagents for eight lab groups:

    • qGRN Master Mix
    • COVID Primer Mix
    • Simulated Patient Samples:
      • Patient AH
      • Patient BH
      • Patient CH
      • Patient DH 
    • Simulated Control Samples 
      • Positive Control 
      • Negative Control 
    • PCR strip tubes 
    • Fast DNA Ladder 1
    • 6X Loading Dye

Supplied by user:

 

If performing the optional gel electrophoresis, you will also need the following standard reagents and consumables. 

  • Reagents and consumables supplied by user:

    • Agarose (electrophoresis grade)
    • DNA stain
    • Gel electrophoresis buffer (e.g., 1X TBE)
    • Distilled or deionized H2
    • Microtubes
    • PCR tubes

    Required equipment:

    • Micropipettes and tips 
    • PCR thermal cycler 
    • P51™ molecular fluorescence viewer or other blue light illuminator
    • Optional: Gel electrophoresis and visualization system  

    Storage notes:

    • Reagents require freezer storage
    • Reagents are stable for 12 months when stored in freezer

 

 

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