Molecular Biology Laboratory

The Molecular Biology Laboratory at KEBS is dedicated to pursuing proteomics and nucleic acid analysis using the most recent techniques. The laboratory is well equipped with modern analytical machinery that effectively and efficiently performs molecular analysis of proteins, DNA and RNA in food, feeds and other organically derived products. Using the MagMAX technology we have developed a robust high throughput platform for nucleic acid extraction. Currently the laboratory is able to perform the following tests

  1. Qualitative screening of GMO derived products. Using VeritiĀ® 96-Well Fast Thermal Cycler we perform end-point qualitative PCR analysis of GMO derived products.
  2. Quantitative screening of GMO derived products. Using 7500 Fast Real-time PCR system we quantitatively measure the amplification of DNA using fluorescent dyes through a process known as real-time polymerase chain reaction (Real-Time PCR) or quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR).
  3. Meat speciation using gene specific oligonucleotide makers. We analyze meat and meat products derived from Gallus, Porcine, Bovine and Ovine among many other species.
  4. Molecular diagnoses of horticultural plant pathogens. We use PCR based methods for early detection of bacterial, viral and fungal infections in horticultural crops including flowers.
  5. DNA fingerprinting of rice using simple sequence repeats (SSRs) Microsatellites.
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