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Molecular Biology DNA Barcoding

Learn Vital Lab Skills & Sequence DNA


The MinION from Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Do you want to discover a new species? Perhaps contribute to the study of Global Biodiversity? 
Well you've come to the right place! 

In this class, students will select an organism, isolate its DNA, and prepare a unique sample for DNA sequencing. Sequenced DNA, known by taxonomists as DNA Barcodes, lie at the heart of The International Barcode of Life's effort to identify every multicellular organism on planet Earth (see: In addition to their role in describing biodiversity, barcodes are used to identify pathogens (e.g. the virus that causes COVID 19), authenticate natural health products, and determine what kind of meat is REALLY in that Chicken Nugget!

This Class Is Hands-On: 
- Solution Preparation
- pH measuring
- Sterilization
- Micropipetting
- Polymerase Chain Reactions (PCRs)
- Electrophoretic gels 
- DNA Sequencing

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MinION DNA Sequencer

Use our brand new, state of the art DNA sequencer! Collect & sequence DNA from organisms & organic matter in order to identify samples.

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Lab Skills

Hands On:

  • DNA Extraction

  • DNA Analysis Using PCR

  • Gel Electrophoresis

  • Organism Identification

  • Transformation

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