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Outbreak! Fingerprinting Virus DNA 8-Station Kit

Product Highlights
  • Use biotechnology to teach epidemiology
  • Materials are sufficient for 8 student groups
  • DNA Refill is available separately
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Product Details
Intermediate—Easy to perform; requires some background knowledge.

With this easy-to-use kit students become virus hunters as they interpret DNA fingerprints to identify the viral strain responsible for a potentially deadly fictitious disease outbreak. Students load harmless predigested DNA samples onto agarose gels and separate the fragments to produce fingerprints. References to articles on emerging diseases are included, so your class can learn more about them.

Product Features

  • Designed for 8 student groups or lab stations
  • Time Requirement
    Teacher prep, approximately 30 to 90 minutes. Performing Lab, approximately one 60-minute class period.

    Learning Objectives

    • Perform electrophoresis, a basic technique for separating DNA fragments by size.
    • Learn about the use of restriction enzymes in DNA fingerprinting.
    • Understand some of the thought processes involved in analyzing an infectious disease outbreak.


What’s Included:
  • 8 Alabama Virus DNA, 20 µL
  • 8 Missouri Virus DNA, 20 µL
  • 8 Pennsylvania Virus DNA, 20 µL
  • CarolinaBLU® Final Stain, 250 mL
  • CarolinaBLU® Gel and Buffer Stain, 7 mL
  • 8 Staining Trays
  • 32 Pipets
  • 16 Gloves
  • 1 Agarose, 5 g
  • 1 TAE Buffer, 50x, 100 mL
  • 1 Teacher’s Manual and Reproducible Student Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  • 8 Gel Electrophoresis Chambers
  • 8 Power Supplies
  • 8 Racks (for samples)
  • 1 Graduated Cylinder, 1 L
  • 1 Flask, 5 L
  • 1 Flask, 1 L
  • 1 Water Bath, Hot Plate, or Microwave
  • 8 Permanent Markers
  •  PPE for Instructor and Students
  •  White-light Box, Slide Viewer, or Overhead Projector
  •  Aluminum Foil
  •  Masking Tape
  •  Distilled or Deionized Water
  •  Microcentrifuge (optional)
  •  Funnel (optional)
  •  Instant or Digital Camera (optional)
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