1.2a Activities

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1. Basic Skills- In the following resource link you will performing activities involving the concepts and calculations for dilutions and solutions, the use and calibration of micropipettesm, and doing a spectrophotometric analysis of food colors.
Basic Skills: Dilutions, Micropipetes and Spectrophotometry (, PDF Document)

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2.  Micropipette Technique- In the following resource link you will be performing a pipette simulation where you will be working with Polymerase Chain Reaction. This simulation provides a list of the components that you will need to perform the PCR in addition to components that you will need to micropipette your solutions.
Virtual Technique Practice: Micropipette Technique (, Multimedia Page)

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3. Lab Equipment Uses- Click on the link below to visit an activity on laboratory equipment utilization. This activity will help familiarize you the various equipment that you may encounter in a molecular biology laboratory.
Lab Equipment Uses (, Multimedia Page)

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4. UV Light- The main source of UV exposure is the sun. Exposure from the sun is typically limited to the UV- A region, since the earth’s atmosphere protects us from the more harmful UV-B and UV-C rays. However, additional precautions should be taken when working in a laboratory because common lab equipment can generate concentrated UV radiation in all three regions. Ultraviolet radiation is found in biological safety cabinets, light boxes, and crosslinkers in many University laboratories and in some patient care rooms. One of the problems in working with UV radiation is that the symptoms of overexposure are not immediately felt so persons exposed do not realize the hazard until after the damage is done.
UV Light
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