Transformation of E. coli

Activity Summary
Students transform competent E. coli cells with a pUWL501 plasmid which confers antibiotic resistance and bioluminescence. Students use bacteriological technique to spread bacterial cells on LB and LB/Amp plates to identify the transformed bacteria.

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Learning Objectives
1. Describe what a plasmid is
2. Describe how a plasmid can enter a cell
3. List some potential uses of transformation
4. Explain the role of antibiotics as a control

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plasmid, transformation, competent cell

Last updated: 3/4/2015

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