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1 April 2014 Students as Technicians: Screening Newborns for Cystic Fibrosis
Sharon Gusky
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In this activity, freshman college students learn biotechnology techniques while playing the role of a laboratory technician. They perform simulations of three diagnostic tests used to screen newborns for cystic fibrosis. By performing an ELISA, a PCR analysis, and a conductivity test, students learn how biotechnology techniques can be used to diagnose diseases. Students get excited when they realize they will be performing tests actually used in a real-life situation. This exercise is also appropriate for high school students.

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Sharon Gusky "Students as Technicians: Screening Newborns for Cystic Fibrosis," The American Biology Teacher 76(4), 254-258, (1 April 2014). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.4.7
Published: 1 April 2014
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biotechnology
CYSTIC FIBROSIS
diagnosis
Genetics
technician
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