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Genetics labs

Our genetics labs underwent a £1.2 million refurbishment in 2013 and are equipped with a wide variety of industry-standard equipment designed specifically to aid the analysis and study of molecular biology, human disease and ecology.

The skills you’ll learn by using these instruments can easily be transferred to other research or commercial settings and you’ll also learn about the value of quality control with your samples, as well as how to think critically about the results you generate.

Our equipment includes:

  • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) machines - these amplify DNA strands of interest.
  • RT (real time) PCR machine - also used to amplify target DNA, allowing you to look at gene expression.
  • Genetic analyser - used for DNA sequence profiling, forensics testing and identifying differences in genes.
  • Photometer - this device is used for the quantification of DNA.
  • Various centrifuges - these separate substances of different densities. In the context of your work, they will normally be used for separating plasma cells from blood cells.
  • Numerous microscopes - there is a wide range of microscopes, including UV and one with an anaesthesiser platform that emits carbon dioxide to allow you to examine small invertebrates like fruit flies.
  • UV-equivalent light box - used to identify the presences of substances that are not visible in normal light.

Relevant courses:

MRes Master's by Research

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

BSc (Hons Forensic Science

BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology