In the Laboratory

In the lab the samples are prepared, DNA is extracted, microsatellite DNA strands are identified and amplified and the samples from the three populations are compared.

Laboratory Procedure - overview

  1. Extracting the DNA
  2. Microsatellites (Introduction | Uses | Measuring )
  3. Amplifying Microsatellites using PCR
  4. Running an Electrophoresis Gel
  5. Interpreting Microsatellite Gels

Below are five gels obtained from blood and tissue samples collected in the field. Interpret the Gels and test your knowledge by answering the accompanying questions.

 Gel 1  Gel 2  Gel 3  Gel 4  Gel 5