10 April 2006
Department of Biology Sequences
First Genes from DNA Isolates
Faculty in the Jacksonville State University
Department of Biology recently used their new CEQ 8000 Genetic Analysis System (Beckman-Coulter Inc.) to
analyze and sequence the genes from several bacterial species.
As part of laboratory activities, students in genetics and molecular biology classes were assigned the task of
isolating, amplifying, and sequencing DNA from the bacteria. Students in the
classes have expressed excitement about their experiences.
The CEQ system, acquired last summer through a Beckman-Coulter educational grant, is a turnkey DNA sequencing system
used in many federal and state molecular diagnostics labs throughout the country. The
system is semi-automated and can sequence up to 96 DNA samples in one run.
The equipment will allow the department to not only teach state of the art methods in molecular biology but will also provide
undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to conduct molecular biology research.
Previously, the department had to rely on other diagnostics labs for final analysis of samples prepared at
JSU. Now, DNA analysis, including isolation and sequencing, can be conducted at
JSU. Research projects currently underway include examining population genetics
of freshwater cnidarians (jellyfish), tricolor shiners, and black bear.
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