Antibiotics, Magic Pill or Overkill? Easy PCR

Students will analyze the DNA from different strains of bacteria to determine if they carry the gene for ampicillin resistance.  Students will use PCR to amplify the ampicillin resistance (ampR) gene from a strain known to be resistant to ampicillin (control) and from an unknown strain (test). The results of the PCR reaction will be determined by agarose gel electrophoresis. 

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