A Laboratory Course

Edited by

  • Jeffrey Becker, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, U.S.A.
  • Guy Caldwell, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, U.S.A.
  • Eve Ann Zachgo, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

The objectives of this Second Edition of Biotechnology: A Laboratory Course remain unchanged: to create a text that consists of a series of laboratory exercises that integrate molecular biology with protein biochemistry techniques while providing a continuum of experiments. The course begins with basic techniques and culminates in the utilization of previously acquired technical experience and experimental material. Two organisms, Sacchaomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli, a single plasmid, and a single enzyme are the experimental material, yet the procedures and principles demonstrated are widely applicable to other systems. This text will serve as an excellent aid in the establishment or instruction of introductory courses in the biological sciences.
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Junior/Senior level undergraduates; graduate students and instructors in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and genetics; and biomedical researchers in academia and in industry will be interested.


Book information

  • Published: March 1996
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-084562-0


"This is an excellent laboratory guide for a laboratory course in basic techniques in molecular biology. It is also an excellent course text for instructors who want experiments to work and obtain joy from seeing their students being excited from success and gaining confidence in the laboratory."

Table of Contents

Suggested Schedule for Laboratory Exercises.Introductory Notes.Record Keeping and Safety Rules.Format of Student Laboratory Records.The Ten Commandments of Record Keeping.Safety Rules in the Laboratory.Exercise 1: Aseptic Culture and Establishing Pure Cultures.Exercise 2: Preparation of Culture Media.Exercise 3: The Growth Curve.Exercise 4: Isolation of Plasmid DNA from Escherichia coli: The Mini-Prep.Exercise 5: Purification, Concentration, and Quantitation of DNA.Exercise 6: Large-Scale Isolation of Plasmid DNA by Column Chromatography.Exercise 7: Amplification of a lacZ.Gene Fragment by the Polymerase Chain Reaction.Exercise 8: Restriction Digestion and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis.Exercise 9: Southern Transfer.Exercise 10: Preparation, Purification, and Hybridization of Probe.Exercise 11: Transformation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.Exercise 12: Isolation of Plasmid from Yeast and Escherichia coli Transformation.Exercise 13: Protein Assays.Exercise 14: Qualitative Assay for Galactosidase in Yeast Colonies.Exercise 15: Determination of Galactosidase in Permeabilized Yeast Cells.Exercise 16: Assay of Galactosidase in Cell Extracts.Exercise 17: Galactosidase Purification.Exercise 18: Western Blot: Probe of Protein Blot with Antibody to Galactosidase.Appendix 1: Alternate Protocols and Experiments:Exercise 1A: Isolation and Characterization of Auxotrophic Yeast Mutants.Exercise 2A: Measurement of pH.Exercise 3A: Use of the Spectrophotometer.Exercise 6A: Isolation of Plasmid DNA: The Maxi-Prep.Exercise 10A: Colony Hybridization.Appendix 2: Buffer Solutions.Appendix 3: Preparation of Buffers and Solutions.Appendix 4: Properties of Some Common Concentrated Acids and Bases.Appendix 5: Use of Micropipettors.Appendix 6: Safe Handling of Microorganisms. Appendix 7: List of Cultures.Appendix 8: Storage of Cultures and DNA.Appendix 9: Sterilization Methods.Appendix 10: Preparation of Stock Solutions for Culture Media.Appendix 11: Growth in Liquid Medium.Appendix 12: Determination of Viable Cells.Appendix 13: Determination of Cell Mass.Appendix 14: Determination of Cell Number.Appendix 15: Nomenclature of Strains.Appendix 16: Glassware and Plasticware.Appendix 17: Preparation of Tris and EDTA.Appendix 18: Basic Rules for Handling Enzymes.Appendix 19: Effects of Common Contaminants on Protein Assays.Appendix 20: Manufacturers' and Distributors' Addresses.Appendix 21: Surfing the Bionet: World Wide Web Addresses.Glossary.Subject Index.