Redefining the Classroom

Corporate grant brings DNA-replication breakthrough to chemistry lab

Posted: July 31st, 2014

RIDING A THERMAL – Lake Superior State University chemistry professor Steven Johnson introduces forensic science campers to his department's latest acquisition, a Streck Philisa Thermal Cycler, which can replicate countless sections of DNA for lab analysis, something that's very useful to forensic and biochemistry investigators. The desktop machine, funded by a Streck Corporation educational grant worth thousands of dollars, plugs into a computer's USB port and does the work of older refrigerator-sized instruments in less than a quarter of the time. Looking on in front from left to right are Brooke David (from Ovid, Mich.), Taylor Jones (Westland, Mich.), and Kyla March (Livonia, Mich.). Run a Web search on "LSSU physical sciences" to read about those areas of study at Lake State. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Steven Johnson, LSSU Department of Chemistry, e-mail, 635-2160.