27 Aug Week 1: community building, pipets, serial dilutions, GenBio-MAPS if first intro bio course
1) Community Building (Morning
2) Serial Dilutions
3) GenBio-MAPS for those taking their first college biology course
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3 Sep Week 2: Boil and Cool oligos, Golden Gate Assembly, transformation, plating for version 1
Golden Gate Assembly (GGA) and
10 Sep Week 3: Colonies on plate, picking colonies, grow in LB amp (100 µg/mL) for version 1
Pick colonies and grow overnight (Morning: 1st 5 min; 4Qs; Q&A about PPTs) (Afternoon: 1st 5 min; 4Qs & videos; PPTs)
17 Sep Week 4: read fluorescence, start PCR for version 1
Measure phenotype, start PCR genotyping (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
24 Sep Week 5: gel electrophoresis and oral presentation preparation for version 1
Run agarose gel to determine promoter size (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
1 Oct Week 6: oral presentations and work on V2 promoter designs
Communicating Science to Colleagues (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
8 Oct Week 7: Golden Gate Assembly, transformation, plating for version 2Repeat process for making dsDNA, GGA, transformation and plating (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
15 Oct Week 8: Colonies on plate, picking colonies (plus X1 from v1), grow in LB amp (100 µg/mL)for version 2
Repeat picking colonies + colony X1 from V1 promoter (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
22 Oct Week 9: read fluorescence, do minipreps, nanodrop DNA and calculate dilutionsRepeat process of measuring fluorescence, extract DNA from cells (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
29 Oct Week 10: dilute DNA, send off for sequencing
Send off DNA to be sequenced (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
5 Nov Week 11: Clustal Omega DNA sequence alignment
Analyze promoter sequences (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
12 Nov Week 12: work on lab report
Prepare Final Lab Report (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
19 Nov Week 13: lab report due, graduate fellowships, course evaluations, GenBio-MAPS if last intro bio course
Last lab meeting (Morning Recording) (Afternoon Recording)
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