Aquarium Project

So the project is finally in full swing! After a couple of weeks of practice sampling and getting used to different protocols for extracting, purifying and amplifying the DNA, we have now moved on to working with our real samples. We have extracted DNA from 18 samples (includes replicates of 3) from the tropical tank and the cold water tank. Funnily, the hardest part of the project so far has been running gels. We initially hit a couple of problems such as thickness of the gel, a loose wire in a gel box and differences in loading buffers and dyes. However, now that Akshay is going to be coming in, hopefully he can give us a couple of hints from his experience from IGEM, cause god knows how many gels he had to make this summer 😛

Author: jenniferflanagan25

Cell Biology and Communications major at UC Davis.

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