BME103:T130 Group 10
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LAB 1 WRITE-UP
Initial Machine Testing
The Original Design
Experimenting With the Connections
When the circuit board (part 6) was unplugged from the display (part 3), the display turned off and no longer registered any signal. The display was no longer functional, but turned on again once the wire that previously connected the two was plugged back in.
When the circuit board was unplugged from the heating element, the heating element was no longer able to control its temperature. Although it still had power, it was not being controlled by the circuit board.
The first test run completed on the OpenPCR machine was on October 25, 2012. The test was successful, and was completed in roughly the time expected, give or take a few minutes. Once the settings were put to the correct levels, the set up was quite simple. The samples were placed inside the heating unit, then the test run started. It took over an hour, but was completed successfully with no malfunctioning pieces of equipment.
Polymerase Chain Reaction
1.) The Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, PCR for short, works by cycling DNA at different temperatures to amplify it, so it can be compared with other DNA. This is done by first denaturing the DNA, which happens by the PCR heating up, which causes the hydrogen bonds to break, resulting in the DNA strands breaking apart. The PCR then cools down, which allows a primer to bind to the target DNA. In the third step, the machine is heated back up so an enzyme can rebuild the DNA. In the final step, a fluorescent dye binds to the new double stranded DNA. This process is repeated many times, until there is a big enough DNA strand to be analyzed.
2.)The actual steps for PCR are quite simple.
Step 1.) The PCR lid is heated to 100°C and the tubes are heated to 95°C. This step is ran for 30 seconds. Step 2.) The PCR is then cooled to 57°C for 30 more seconds. Step 3.) The PCR is then reheated to 72°C
(Add your work from Week 3, Part 2 here)
2. To assemble the Flourimeter, there are a few easy steps that need to be followed. The first step is to unbutton the front flaps and open the lid. Take out the interior contents which include the slide that the liquid is put on and the cell phone stand. Once this is done, close the lid so that only the front is open. Place your liquid on the slide, turn on the light and place it inside the box. Then put a cell phone with a camera in the cell phone stand. Align the camera with the drop of liquid on the slide. After this step, the Fluorimeter is set up. Refer to the image above for a photo representation of the set up.
Research and Development
Specific Cancer Marker Detection - The Underlying Technology
(Add a write-up of the information discussed in Week 3's class)
(BONUS points: Use a program like Powerpoint, Word, Illustrator, Microsoft Paint, etc. to illustrate how primers bind to the cancer DNA template, and how Taq polymerases amplify the DNA. Screen-captures from the OpenPCR tutorial might be useful. Be sure to credit the source if you borrow images.)