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PCR Masterclass: A Question of Taste

Course Times & Enrolment

This course is currently unavailable.

Course Summary

In this laboratory-based workshop, you will determine whether your version of the “bitter taste” receptor gene (your genotype) matches your ability to taste a bitter compound (your phenotype).

Using cutting-edge equipment, you’ll carry out the modern laboratory techniques of DNA extraction, PCR, restriction enzyme digestion and DNA gel electrophoresis.

This course is only available to those who have completed “Introduction to Cell Biology” or “Higher Biology” / an equivalent.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students must have studied either the Short Course, “Introduction to Cell Biology” or Biology at SCQF level 6 (such as Higher Biology).

Content of Course

This workshop will allow you the chance to use the state-of-the-art laboratory at the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC).

The EBSOC team will guide you through activities designed to help you gain an understanding of the PCR technique.

Laboratory skills include: DNA extraction; Centrifugation; Micro-pipetting; Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR); Restriction digest; DNA gel electrophoresis.

The session will close with a discussion involving researchers from The Roslin Institute.

Teaching method(s)

Laboratory-based workshop.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Use restriction enzymes and electrophoresis to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in their own DNA;

  • Interpret their experimental results;

  • Safely use laboratory equipment.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.