From tissue to Species Identification
The report has a forensics type focus in that you will receive an unknown tissue sample and you need to identify the species from which it came. In the process of identifying your sample, you will learn essential skills in modern genetics, including: how to isolate DNA,
visualize DNA using gel electrophoresis, perform PCR amplification, and sequence a mitochondrial gene. Students will then identify their mysterious sample by comparing their sequences with those available in the DNA sequence databases. After this is done, we will align all the DNA sequences collected and build a phylogenetic tree to determine how the species are related.