A selection of resources for Schools
The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and its use in scientific research
PCR, which amplifies short sections of DNA, is used in many areas of the biological sciences. Final year Biological Sciences student William Fraser chose to produce a video about PCR and its use to detect bacteria without the need to grow them in the laboratory. Working with staff at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College, Northwich, Cheshire and research staff from the Institute of integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool, he planned, filmed and edited the short video. It starts with an animation of the steps in PCR (targeted at A-level requirements) and then shows Dr David Rooks using PCR in research about the microorganisms that breakdown cellulose.