Molecular Ecology Laboratory Facilities

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The SWFSC moved the Molecular Ecology Laboratories to a new building in mid 2008, with completely new lab facilities. We have 2500 sq ft. of laboratories, divided into pre-PCR, post-PCR genetics labs, genetics equipment, life history/physiology, chemistry, ancient DNA, clean room, “freezer farm”, and general labs, plus our walk-in freezer for the genetics tissue archive.

Our state-of-the-art genetics labs focus primarily on DNA extraction from tissue, using robotic high-throughput systems, followed by genetic analysis of amplified DNA segments for DNA sequencing and microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping.

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Fluorescent imaging system

The Q-PCR machines allow
simultaneous detection and
quantification of DNA fragments.

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PCR thermocyclers used to
amplify PCR products.

Electrophoresis equipment
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Robotic liquid handling system

Automated DNA fragment detection
instruments that allow us to analyze
DNA sequences and microsatellites.

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Last modified: 12/24/2014