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Title: Biotechnology Curriculum Freshman Exploratory: Electrophoresis
Url: https://scout.wisc.edu/biolink/index.php?P=DownloadFile&Id=11
Creator: Kurtz, Mary Jane
Publisher: Montgomery Community College
Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative
Description: Gel electrophoresis is used in many areas of biotechnology and forensics. It is based on the concept that mixtures of substances can be separated by electrical force. The direction and speed of migration through the field is dependent on several factors. All substances are made of molecules that can be positively charged, negatively charged or neutral. These characteristics can be used to separate molecules when they are placed in a gel that has an electrical field. The gels generally used are made of agarose, a purified version of agar used in making bacterial plates. These gels are a porous material that acts as a molecular sieve through which smaller molecules can move more easily than larger ones. They move toward the opposite charged side of the gel with smaller pieces of DNA moving farther from the well compared to larger pieces. In this activity, students will identify separate molecules in a mixture by exposing them to an electric field, determine the charge and size of a molecule by its movement in a gel, and explain the importance of electrophoresis as a tool in biotechnology. This activity may be downloaded in Microsoft Word Doc file format.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Biology -- Special topics, A-Z -- Electrophoresis
Education -- Special aspects of education -- Types of education -- Career education
Education -- Special aspects of education -- Types of education -- Vocational education (General)
Science -- Natural history. Biology -- Biology (General) -- Biological laboratories and stations
Science -- Physiology -- Animal biochemistry -- Technique. Analytical biochemistry -- Special methods, A-Z -- Gel electrophoresis
Technology -- Chemical technology -- Biotechnology -- Study and teaching
GEM Subject: Science -- Biology
Science -- Engineering
Science -- Technology
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Technology
Vocational Education -- Technical
Vocational Education -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Tech prep
Key Concept: Biology -- Molecules
Biology -- Biotechnology
Resource Type: Demonstrations
Instructional Materials
Laboratory Modules
Lesson Plans
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: doc
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Technical School First Cycle
University First Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: Bio-Link
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