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Name: Alex Kratz
Name: Alex Kratz
Name: Stephen Geraci
Name: Stephen Geraci
Name: Keawepono Wong
Name: Keawepono Wong
Name: Marvin Vergara
Name: Marvin Vergara
Name: Jose Rodriguez
Name: Jose Rodriguez



Smart Phone Camera Settings

  • Type of Smartphone: Galaxy S5
    • Flash:Off
    • ISO setting:Auto
    • White Balance: Auto
    • Exposure: Auto
    • Saturation:Auto
    • Contrast:Auto


  • Distance between the smart phone cradle and drop = 9 cm (Should at least be 4 cm)
  • The camera should be set with a timer of about 3-5 seconds in order to close the box prior to the picture being taken.
  • The lens of the camera should be level with the drop in order to take the picture from a side-view.
  • Adjust fluorimeter height if necessary to get the drop in view of the camera.

Solutions Used for Calibration

Initial Concentration of 2X Calf Thymus DNA Solution Volume of the 2X DNA Solution (µL) Volume of the SYBR Green I Solution (µL) Final DNA Concentration in SYBR Green I Solution (µL)
5 80 80 2.5
2 80 80 1
1 80 80 0.5
0.5 80 80 0.25
0.25 80 80 0.125
0 80 80 0

Placing Samples onto the Fluorimeter

  1. Using gloves, take the slide and make sure to place it smooth side down in the fluorimeter.
  2. Turn on the fluorimeter by flipping the side switch.
  3. Pippette 80 µL of SYBR Green I Dye in between the first two clear circles on the slide (the light should be absorbed by the drop if it is in the right location).
  4. Replace pippette tip and then pippette 80 µL of the PCR Sample mix or calibration sample directly on the SYBR Green drop.
  5. Place the camera in the cradle so that it can take a side-view picture of the drop.
  6. Set the camera timer for 3-5 seconds and ensure the camera is also focused.
  7. Cover the fluorimeter box prior to the picture being taken so that no external light is present inside of it.
  8. Take at least three pictures of each sample tested to make sure that a good picture is obtained for data analysis.
  9. Open up the fluorimeter box and either replace the slide or move it so that the next two glass circles may be used (for the actual PCR Sample mix, just replace the slide)
  10. Repeat all of the steps for each sample

Data Analysis

Representative Images of Negative and Positive Samples

Positive Representative Sample

Negative Representative Sample

Image J Values for All Calibrator Samples

PCR Product Tube Label Area Mean Raw Int Den of Drop Raw Int Den of Back Raw Int Den Drop - Back
G# P458161798223349275188195831
G# P459231798210014219268188088
G# P480801748374850413098333541
G# N40712903680960172133663747
G# N46105853903994274363876558
G# N390241023978656210873957569
G# 1-1529481769317491210879296404
G# 1-1538361799637205687989568407
G# 1-1491801849054306386239015683
G# 1-2500121808979358287768950582
G# 1-2522641829500679287769471903
G# 1-2498491839127715420069085709
G# 1-3550581799869505712009798305
G# 1-3506321819164684695219095163
G# 1-3504641799023902444978979405
G# 2-152123774005829312363974593
G# 2-157044663789270197093769561
G# 2-153736713805804208953784909
G# 2-248772763710580196853690895
G# 2-248694733546428186623527766
G# 2-251452673444797230083421789
G# 2-350240753761646221553739491
G# 2-353062723844122221553821967
G# 2-353030683619168234223595746

Mean Data ' ' ' '
PCR Product Tube LabelRaw Int Den Drop - Back
G# P8195831818808883335418239153.333
G# N3663747387655839575693832624.667
G# 1-19296404956840790156839293498
G# 1-28950582947190390857099169398
G# 1-39798305909516389794059290957.667
G# 2-13974593376956137849093843021
G# 2-23690895352776634217893546816.667
G# 2-33739491382196735957463719068

Final Table"""

PCR Product Tube Label Y =Mean RAWINTDEN Drop - Background X =PCR Product Concentration (µg/mL) Initial PCR Product Concentration (µg/mL)
G# P8239153.3331.5597883330.129982361
G# N3832624.6670.4581561670.038179681
G# 1-192934981.82337450.151947875
G# 1-291693981.79234950.149362458
G# 1-39290957.6671.8227394170.151894951
G# 2-138430210.460755250.038396271
G# 2-23546816.6670.3867041670.032225347
G# 2-337190680.4297670.035813917

Calibration curve

PCR Results Summary

  • Our positive control PCR result was 0.13 μg/mL
  • Our negative control PCR result was 0.04 μg/mL

Observed results

  • Patient 10088 : The images of the DNA for patient 10088 did show some of the fluorescent green dye. After splitting the color using the Image J software, the green color was definitely present. The µg/mL of Patient 10088 DNA samples were all around 0.15, which was the same value as the positive control's µg/mL value of PCR Product Concentration.
  • Patient 28866 : The images of the DNA for patient 28866 showed almost none of the fluorescent green dye since the drop was almost completely blue. The color split showed that the green would not show up as clearly as it did for Patient 10088. The µg/mL of Patient 28866 DNA samples were all about 0.04, which was near the negative control's µg/mL value of PCR Product Concentration.


  • Patient 10088 : The results show that Patient 10088 is positive, because the value for the PCR Product Concentration was very identical to the positive control value.
  • Patient 28866 : For Patient 28866, the value of PCR Product Concentration was very close to the negative control value, which means that this patient is negative.

SNP Information & Primer Design

Background: About the Disease SNP This disease SNP is linked to a certain protein known as lipoprotein lipase. Errors in this gene cause a number of problems, primarily relating to corruptions of proper heart function. The most noticeable phenotypic reaction to the mutation we were testing for is coronary heart disease, one of the number one killers of Americans. Although primarily linked to lifestyle and health choices, this is just one of the examples of genetic predispositions that may occur.

Primer Design and Testing Selection of the primer is essential in order to accurately test for the DNA segment in question. We used an online resource to match a DNA segment we designed off of a description of the mutated strain. By coding a primer that includes the mutated allele, we ensure that our test is selective. If the mutation is present, the primer is capable of binding and the PCR process can proceed, rendering a positive test.

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