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Name: Jake Turner
PCR Machine Engineer
Name: Tyler Allen
PCR Machine Engineer, Graphic Designer
Name: Khalil Pathan
Experimental Protocol Planner
Name: Pahul Singh
Experimental Protocol Planner
Name: Frea Mehta
Research and Development Specialist
Name: Paul Song
Research and Development Specialist


Thermal Cycler Engineering

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

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System Design

Key Features




Supplied in the Kit Amount
Open PCR 1
USB Cable 1
Standardized Mat with Measurements 1
Fluorimeter 1
Phone Holder 1
Light Box 1
Hydrophobic Glass slides 3
Positive Control DNA 5 mL
SYBR Gene Dye 5 mL

Supplied by User Amount
Micropipettes 1
Micropipette tips 200
Lab Coats 2
Template DNA 3.2 μL
Smart Phone(with camera) 1

PCR Protocol

DNA Measurement Protocol

Research and Development

Background on Disease Markers

The two diseases we decided to analyze are Alzheimer's and Anencephaly. Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that affects the brain by gradually deteriorating an individual's brain function, leading to memory loss and impairing cognitive skills. The gene responsible for Alzheimer's is labeled PSEN1 and a mutation in this gene can cause toxic protein to build up in the brain leading to symptoms described above. The gene is found on chromosome 14 and the reference number for this gene is rs63751320. More information on this gene can be found on this link. [1]

Primer Design

Alzheimer- Alleles: [A/C] Forward Primer:5'cgtggctcatcttggctgtgattt3' Reverse Primer:3'CCCGACACTAACCTCGTCTAACAC5' The disease allele, in this case C, will give a PCR product because the PCR detects the specific allele difference or mutation and gives a positive reading. Since the PCR detects the specific allele mutation, a non-disease allele will not produce a product.