Molecular Rainbow: Dye Electrophoresis

Overview:  In this introductory lab, students will perform gel electrophoresis.  Six standard dye samples will be used to identify the dyes found in three unknown dye mixtures.  

Curriculum Connections: macromolecules, gel electrophoresis

Experimental Timing:  From start to finish this lab can be completed in a single 45-50 class period. Additional time may be required if you choose to have students prepare their own gels.

Specialized Equipment Required:  p20 micropipettes • gel electrophoresis units with power supplies (each student group will run 9 samples)