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To screen a genomic library for a particular gene or sequence of interest, researchers must know something about that gene. If researchers have a portion of the sequence of DNA for the gene of interest, they can design a DNA probe , a single-stranded DNA fragment that is complementary to part of the gene of interest and different from other DNA sequences in the sample. The DNA probe may be synthesized chemically by commercial laboratories, or it may be created by cloning, isolating, and denaturing a DNA fragment from a living organism. In either case, the DNA probe must be labeled with a molecular tag or beacon, such as a radioactive phosphorus atom (as is used for autoradiography ) or a fluorescent dye (as is used in fluorescent in situ hybridization, or FISH), so that the probe and the DNA it binds to can be seen ( [link] ). The DNA sample being probed must also be denatured to make it single-stranded so that the single-stranded DNA probe can anneal to the single-stranded DNA sample at locations where their sequences are complementary. While these techniques are valuable for diagnosis, their direct use on sputum and other bodily samples may be problematic due to the complex nature of these samples. DNA often must first be isolated from bodily samples through chemical extraction methods before a DNA probe can be used to identify pathogens.

A diagram of DNA probe. First a gene of interest is identified and cloned. Then single stranded probes are labeled with a molecular beacon. Finally, the DNA probe binds to complementary sequences in a DNA sample. The complementary sequences are single stranded DNA. The probe only attaches to one of the ssDNA sequences since it has the gene of interest in it
DNA probes can be used to confirm the presence of a suspected pathogen in patient samples. This diagram illustrates how a DNA probe can be used to search for a gene of interest associated with the suspected pathogen.

Part 2

The mild, flu-like symptoms that Kayla is experiencing could be caused by any number of infectious agents. In addition, several non-infectious autoimmune conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also have symptoms that are consistent with Kayla’s early symptoms. However, over the course of several weeks, Kayla’s symptoms worsened. She began to experience joint pain in her knees, heart palpitations, and a strange limpness in her facial muscles. In addition, she suffered from a stiff neck and painful headaches. Reluctantly, she decided it was time to seek medical attention.

  • Do Kayla’s new symptoms provide any clues as to what type of infection or other medical condition she may have?
  • What tests or tools might a health-care provider use to pinpoint the pathogen causing Kayla’s symptoms?

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Agarose gel electrophoresis

There are a number of situations in which a researcher might want to physically separate a collection of DNA fragments of different sizes. A researcher may also digest a DNA sample with a restriction enzyme to form fragments. The resulting size and fragment distribution pattern can often yield useful information about the sequence of DNA bases that can be used, much like a bar-code scan, to identify the individual or species to which the DNA belongs.

Gel electrophoresis is a technique commonly used to separate biological molecules based on size and biochemical characteristics, such as charge and polarity. Agarose gel electrophoresis is widely used to separate DNA (or RNA) of varying sizes that may be generated by restriction enzyme digestion or by other means, such as the PCR ( [link] ).

Questions & Answers

What is the different between abiogensis and biogensis
RAPHERA Reply
Abiogenesis is the process by wich living organisms arises from a nonliving matter while Biogenis organisms arises from living matter
Nji
Abiogenesis deals with the law of spountaneous generation which talks about organisms arising from non-living organic matters while biogenesis deals with organisms arising from living organic matters
Ademola
What are the importance of mircobiology
RAPHERA
mechanisms of microbiology
Erneet Reply
What is immunizations
RAPHERA Reply
the action of making a person or animal immune to infection, typically by inoculation.
Pup
pls someone should help with ANTIMICROBIAL MNEMONICS
Shuaib Reply
Aminoglycosides: Charasteristics of Aminoglycosides Nymonics; (AMINO)  Active against Aerobic gram negative Organisms Mechanism Of resistance is by Modifying enzymes Inhibit protein synthesis by binding to 30s ribosomal subunit Nephrotoxic Ototoxic Members  Of Aminoglycosides: Nymonics: (ST
Najeebul
Please can some briefly describe the germ theory?
Michael Reply
hyy all
Shuaib
pls someone should help with ANTIMICROBIAL MNEMONICS
Shuaib
which drug can be used to treat gonococus?
Lambon Reply
Madication - Antibiotic " and Gonorrhoea can be treat with Antibiotic
Maryam
Penicillin -An antibiotic
Michael
Ciprofloxacin tablets also an antibiotic
Michael
Ofloxacin is also antibiotics
Ikenna
yes
Elli
sory no fot gonococus
Elli
what are eukaryotes
Kakande Reply
eukaryotes simply refers to a cell who does not have a definite nucleus.
Franca
Eukaryotic cell has a true nucleus
arfa
what is right answer ?
krishna
I can remember now truly that eukaryotes have true nucleus.I was referring to procaryotes.
Franca
Eukaryotes have got true nuclues
Ede
they have a nucleus, larger than prokaryotes
Alanna
The eukaryotes cell are found in advance organisms.
Franca
Eukaryotes are multicellular organism which has a membrane bounded structure mostly found in animals and some plant cells
KINGSFORD
bacteria growth curve
sani Reply
No bacteria's don't grow curvey. Curve is a shape for a bacteria not growth
KINGSFORD
What is the difference between eukaryotes and prokaryotes?
KINGSFORD Reply
What's a multicellular organism?
KINGSFORD
multicellular organisms is an organism composed of many cells which are to varying degree integrated and independent.
Ruth
Boiling of milk to kill germs is called?
Kasigwa
pasteurization
Aiyedun
pasteurization
Katta
kadha
Katta
pasteurization
Gomathi
what is microscopic
monish
Pasteurization
Hosy
what are Flora
Hosy
you mean like the normal flora?
Tenucharity
pasteurization has to do with killing of the harmful microbes present for safe consumption. Eg. pasteurized yoghurt beside the bacteria that are supposed to be present, there may be harmful ones that have been killed
Tenucharity
Can someone explain flora
KINGSFORD
what are the normal Flora on the ff anatomical sites? Skin, nose, ear,oral cavity, intestines and the vagina
Hosy
what is cell?
Anita Reply
the cell is the functional and structural unit of the body
Ruth
yes ur right
Kasigwa
who add me
Wali
hy
Katta
hy
Shivangi
basic structural, functional, and biological unit of all known living organisms. A cell is the smallest unit of life.
Haru
hi
Ruth
hi
Haru
coming Oct 2 I have a exam on microbiology
Haru
okay all the best
Ruth
hi
sachin
hi
Ruth
plz bro send question of microbiology
umesh
structural and functional unit of the life
monish
this is not the correct answer
Alanna Reply
why
Hayat
why not
Zaajid
what is the correct answer?
vannessa
where is question
Zaajid
ask you question
Zaajid
What are mitochondria
Hayat
what is mitochondria
Hayat
who is the father of microbiology
T-
not
Hayat
Antonie Van Luweenhoek
Ravikumar
Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the Cell. And is the cell organelle which helps cell in generation of energy by Cellular Respiration
Ravikumar
Mitochondria are threadlike structuresbounded by double membrane,and serves as the power house of the cell
Felicity
can I get notes on introduction to microbiology just started I have no idea please
rita
Mitochondria is a membrane bounded structure, it's sausage in shape and has inner and outer membrane. The inner membrane is folded at the surface called cristae which project to form matrix. They function as the power house for the cell.
KINGSFORD
Rita are you a medilab student?
KINGSFORD
the father of microbiology is Luis pasture
Able
Erythromycin--------(+++) Cefuroxine ------------(++++) Chloramphenicol --(++) Vancomycin ---------(++++) please what does the above result means. under urine culture and sensitivity?
Kwame
francesco redi was the first to challenge spontaneous generation not pasteur
Alanna
Rita are you a medilab student? no please am a public health student
rita
kwame Evans this result ll mean that the bacterial in the urine can be remedy / killed by this antibacterial (cefuroxime and the rest are antibiotics
rita
Rita Appiah thanks.
Kwame
contact backstage
Emmanuel
what is a vacual
Star Reply
What is microbiology
Nji Reply
it is the study of microscopic organisms and basically their relation to the environment
Tenucharity
what is elements
Erneet Reply
an Element is a substance that can not be further decomposed by ordinary chemical means.
vannessa
can i get notes of biochemistry
Sneha Reply
yep why not
Abdullah

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