Gel Electrophoresis

Ever wonder how scientists determine how animals are related, or who is guilty of a crime? Discover gel electrophoresis in an easy-to-understand video from a fun biology playlist. Topics include how restriction enzymes create segments of DNA, how electrophoresis plates are set up, and DNA ladders.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the video before learners perform an electrophoresis lab for the first time
  • Expand on the resource's mention of restriction enzymes with a fun activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Some basic understanding of the DNA molecule is helpful for following the video

  • Provides a great introduction to gel electrophoresis for younger viewers
  • Content includes many uses of gel electrophoresis, which could lead to some great extensions

  • None
Common Core