PCR Informatics

PCR Informatics
Target Audience: College
NCCCS Core Courses: BIO-110, BIO-111, BIO-112, BIO-175, BIO-275, BIO-280
Equipment Used: Electrophoresis Apparatus, PCR Machine, Micropipette


Using a PV92 PCR Informatics Kit, students will use real–world forensic techniques to extract DNA from their hair follicles or cheek cells, and then use PCR amplification and electrophoresis to fingerprint their own DNA at a specific genetic locus. Using their own results, students test the Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium theory within their classroom population, then go online to compare their classroom results to genetic data of populations worldwide.