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M - Intermediate

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This tutorial has two distinct parts that combine to create a structured workshop in molecular genetics followed by research by students in laboratories with researchers. The first half of the course teaches students how to apply and use a variety of molecular genetic and cellular laboratory techniques at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Students learn how to do basic molecular genetic techniques, including some subset of DNA extraction, RNA extraction, PCR, RTPCR, cloning, and bioinformatics. Students work on how to carry out a research design around a specific question, how to carry out the research and interpret results. This first half of the course is taught by various MDIBL research staff. The material will be taught around a research question that the group will work on for a one week period over spring break. For the second half of the course students work in the lab of individual investigators to gain experience in a research laboratory setting. Students from various labs meet weekly to discuss their work. Evaluation will be based on performance in the workshop and a report based on the independent research.


One class in cellular and molecular biology or genetics; permission of instructor.

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