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332 devoted mother of all experiments
332 devoted mother of all experiments

The Mother of All Experiments: Exploring Human Origin by PCR Amplification of Mitochondrial DNA - Edvotek 332

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In this experiment, students will isolate their mitochondrial DNA and use the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify two separate regions of the mitochondrial genome. Results are analyzed using agarose gel electrophoresis.

*See the addendum in "Resources" for alternative instructions pertaining to the isolation of human DNA using hair.

For 25 students.

Time required: extraction 50 minutes, PCR set up 10 minutes, PCR 120 minutes, electrophoresis 60 minutes, staining 5 minutes to overnight.

Kit includes: Instructions, PCR EdvoBeads™ PLUS, Universal DNA Buffer, TE Buffer, Mitochondrial LyphoPrimer™ Mix, EdvoQuick™ DNA Ladder, LyphoControl™, Proteinase K, UltraSpec-Agarose™, TBE Electrophoresis Buffer Powder, SYBR® Safe Stain, FlashBlue™ Stain, Microcentrifuge & PCR Tubes, Disposable Plastic Cups, Salt Packets, & a 15 mL conical tube.

All you need: DNA Electrophoresis, Thermal Cycler, Micropipettes: 5-50 µl, UV or Blue Light Transilluminator, White Light Box (optional), (2) Water Baths, Microcentrifuge & Microwave or Hot plate.