According to the World Health Organisation, between 2 and 3 million cases of skin cancer occur globally every year. Many of these cases are caused by preventable damage to DNA by UV light. In this experiment, students expose plasmid DNA to shortwave UV light to simulate the effect of sunbathing. The DNA is then analysed by agarose gel electrophoresis to observe the damage.
- For 10 lab groups
- Complete in 2 hours
Also required: UV transilluminator, electrophoresis tank and power supply.
Delivery information: Kit includes instructions, standard DNA fragments, plasmid DNA, gel loading solution, agarose, electrophoresis buffer, 1 ml pipette, microtest tubes, and 100 ml graduated cylinder.