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Gene Expression Virtual Lab

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About the Gene Expression Virtual Lab Simulation

In the Gene Expression simulation you will study obesity by collecting a fat sample from lean and obese pigs and then isolate RNA from it using phenol-chloroform extraction. You will isolate and purify the mRNA and utilize reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) to synthesize cDNA. Finally, you will modify the cDNA sample with adaptors to be able to perform next generation sequencing (NGS).

Perform a NGS experiment

You will perform a NGS experiment and learn all the important steps of this high-tech molecular biology procedure. Immersive 3D animations will show what is happening at the molecular level inside the NGS machine. Finally, you will learn how to analyze the sequencing data produced. This will give you an understanding of how mRNA relates to the gene expression levels and how this can affect obesity.

Validate your results

After identifying a candidate gene involved in obesity, a quantitative PCR (qPCR) experiment will be performed to validate your results. You will prepare the qPCR and obtain the amplification and melting curves.

Will you be able to find a gene that is responsible for obesity in pigs?

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Take samples of lean and obese pigs and analyze the levels of gene expression by PCR, RT-PCR, NGS and qPCR experiments.

Techniques In Lab

  • RNA isolation
  • cDNA synthesis
  • Next generation sequencing (NGS)
  • Gene expression
  • qPCR

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…

  • Explain the central dogma of molecular biology
  • Explain and perform RNA extraction and mRNA purification
  • Perform PCR, RTPCR, qPCR, and Next Generation Sequencing techniques
  • Relate cell functions with gene expression.

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Prof. Susanna Cirera Salicio

Prof. Susanna Cirera Salicio

Institute for Department of Basic Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

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