BME103:T930 Group 11 l2

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Name: Benjamin Hook
Name: Jacqueline Janssen
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Thermal Cycler Engineering

Our re-design is based upon the Open PCR system originally designed by Josh Perfetto and Tito Jankowski.

System Design

Key Features




Supplied in Kit
Open PCR Machine
(32) Plastic Test Tubes to Fit into PCR Machine
PCR Power Adapter
USB Cable
(8) Glass Slides
Supplied by User
Low Retention Adjustable Pipette with Disposable Pipette Tips
DNA Solution
Positive Control DNA Soltution
Negative Control DNA Solution
Pair of Gloves
1 Lab Coat
What the DNA Solution Should Consist Of
1 Micro-Liter Forward Primer
1 Micro-Liter Reverse Primer
50 Micro-Liter GoTaq Master Mix
.2 Micro-Liter Patient's DNA (Or Controls)
47.8 Micro-Liter Distilled Water

PCR Protocol
Step 1: Download the Open PCR Software onto Computer
Step 2: Plug in and turn on the Open PCR machine, connect the USB cable to your computer
Step 3: On the machine interface, select "DNA replication" and then choose desired number of cycles (at least 30 for good results).
Step 4: Using the Pipette, transfer 32 samples of the patients DNA into each test tube. You should only use 1 Pipette tip for this part of the process. Also transfer the positive and negative control into separate test tubes.
Step 5: Next, transfer the forward and reverse primers into each of the 32 test tubes. 2 Pipette tips should be used in this part of the process: 1 for all of the forward primer transfers, and 1 for all of the reverse primer transfers.
Step 6: Using a new pipette tip, transfer the GoTaq Master mix into each of the 32 test tubes.
Step 7: Dilute the 32 solutions by filling the remainder of the test tube with distilled water.
Step 8: Carefully Label Each test tube with a sharpie making sure that the positive and negative controls are clearly marked.
Step 9: Open the heated lid of the Open PCR machine and place the test tubes into the designated slots. Close the lid.
Step 10: Make sure everything is properly connected and then choose "begin replication" on the interface.
Step 11: Check to make sure that the computer is correctly receiving the information, if not: stop the cycle, check the USB cord, and try again.

DNA Measurement Protocol
Step 1: When replicating is finished, remove the 32 tubes from the PCR Machine.
Step 2: Label the pipettes to match up with the correlating test tubes.
Step 3: Use one pipette for the SYBR Green and one pipette for waste.
Step 4:

Research and Development

Background on Disease Markers

Primer Design