20.109(S13):PCR and paper discussion (Day3)

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20.109(S13): Laboratory Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

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PCR background

including why we are using a proofreading polymerase and BSA in this particular situation

maybe gel electrophoresis background also, so don't have to cover it along with everything else next time


Part 1: Prepare PCR to detect bacterial 16S

need to do microsporidia PCR on separate day because the Ta etc. is different --> need to find notes on where I planned to put that. possibly Day 2? primers should have arrived by then. then intro structure also needs to change

  1. Begin by carefully labeling each PCR tube that you will use with the date, sample name, and a unique symbol and/or color for quick identification. Filling in the cap tab with your team color will usually suffice. Pre-chill the tubes on a cold block.
  2. You will now prepare a so-called "master mix," which contains every PCR ingredient except the template and the polymerase. Prepare enough for the number of reactions you need to run, plus an additional 10%. Feel free to use the table below for your calculations. [DOING MORE THAN ONE OR NOT?]
    • When the master mix is not in use, keep it on ice.
  3. Combine 5 μL of template, 45 μL of master mix, and 1 μL of PfuUltra polymerase in a PCR tube. When everyone's reactions are ready, they will undergo the cycling conditions listed below.
Reagent Amount for 1 reaction (μL) Amount for ? reactions + 10%
PfuUltra buffer (10X stock)
10% BSA (100X stock)
DNA template 5 N/A

Part 2: WAC Session

Today you will hear a lecture on preparing your journal club presentations.

Part 3: Journal article discussion

Scientific papers are dense and often time-consuming to read and understand, but with practice, you will find strategies that improve your comprehension efficiency. Here's one tip to get you started: when reading newly reported results, be sure to refer to the associated figures frequently, because visual information is often easier to take in than purely verbal descriptions.

Technical Background

Discussion Topics


As you read the paper by WHOEVER, consider not only its scientific content, but also the authors' writing style (perhaps not all on one read!). Sketch out answers to the questions below (right on the paper if you wish). Your answers will not be collected, but you may be called on in discussion to share your ideas.


Probably changing to assigning these in advance and doing slightly more formal presentation (single slide prepared)

When you arrive in lab today, each group will be assigned one of the following topics to present to and discuss with the rest of the class. You should be somewhat familiar with the whole WHOEVER paper by now, but will have some time in-class to refresh your memory and become the resident expert in one of the following areas.

For next time

==Reagent list==