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DNA extraction and PCR of bird DNA for sex identification (Lab Report Sample)

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This study was aimed at determining the sex of individual species using several samples DNA from blood, feather and muscle of Gallus gallus. During the process, an estimation of the DNA concentration was done and PCR was used to amplify CHD1 gene. The variation between the individuals was then visualized using gel electrophoresis. However, it is worth noting that this process is applicable to other closely related species because of the conserved nature of the DNA

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DNA can be extracted from different types of tissues taken from an individual when doing genetic analysis (Medawar 1985, p89). For examples, blood and organs are good sources of DNA because a very small amount of sample is required to obtain large amounts of good quality DNA. The quality of DNA is influenced by the methods of collection, storage and tissue types. The quality of the samples used for the test influence the yield and quality of the DNA result. The fresh materials give the best results hence materials that are not used immediately should be stored at low temperature of -20oC or -70oC in a mixture of ethanol and dry ice. However, it is worth noting that repeated freezing and defrosting of stored samples will result to the precipitation of the DNA and reduced fragment size. Therefore, proper care should be observed when storing the sample materials (Semikhodskii 2007, pg121).
Heterogametic sex is the sex of a species possessing dissimilar sex chromosomes. In humans, the heterogametic sex is the male. The resultant gametes may contain either Y-chromosome or X-chromosome. However, this report focus on birds specie hence heterogametic sex is defined with regards bird species. In birds’ specie, the heterogametic sex in birds is the female (Wolfensohn &Lloyd 2007, pg27). They possess two dissimilar sex chromosomes namely: a W chromosome and a Z chromosome. It is often difficult to distinguish species from their phenotype given the fact that most of them are sexually monomorphic. The most appropriate way to determine the sex of these species is to detect the difference in size between the CHD1 on the Z sex chromosome and CHD1on the W sex chromosome. This is achievable through extraction of genomic DNA from a small tissue like feathers and blood tissues which helps in amplification of CHD1 genes using PCR. Apart from being cheap and high sensitive, the use of PCR to determine the genetic sex of birds is ideal since it only requires a small sample of material hence minimizing physical effects on the bird (Medawar 1985, p9).
This study was aimed at determining the sex of individual species using several samples DNA from blood, feather and muscle of Gallus gallus. During the process, an estimation of the DNA concentration was done and PCR was used to amplify CHD1 gene. The variation between the individuals was then visualized using gel electrophoresis. However, it is worth noting that this process is applicable to other closely related species because of the conserved nature of the DNA (Reinstein, 1999, pg77).
Method
In order to determine the sex of a domestic chicken, the DNA from different tissue types of blood, feather and muscle was collected. The first part of the experiment comprises of the purification of the DNA samples using Qiagen DNeasy Blood & Tissue Kit. The amount and quality of DNA extracted varied between different types of tissues. Proper procedures were followed to ensure that the PCR is not inhabited by contaminants (Semikhodskii 2007, pg99). The flow chart below shows the purification procedure using Qiagen DNeasy Blood & Tissue Kit.
Sample: Lyse Bind Wash Elute
From the flow chart, the first step was to lyse the cells of the tissue samples using the enzyme proteinase K. this released the DNA into solution. The second step was to load the lysate onto the DNeasy Mini spin column and Centrifuged for 1 minute a speed of 6000 x g (8000 rpm). The resultant liquid was discarded to avoid contamination. DNA become bound to the membrane as contaminant pass through during centrifugation. Remaining contaminants and enzymes inhibitors are eliminated in two wash steps after which the DNA was then eluted into eater or buffer, ready to use (Williams 2012, pg39). To elute DNA, the column underwent incubation for 1 minute at a room temperature followed by 1 minute centrifugation at a speed of 6000 x g (8000 rpm). The tube containing the DNA was then placed in the esky and all samples stored at a temperature of -20°C waiting for the next practical. One male (‰) control, one female (Š) control and one negative control are included. This is in addition to 10 μL of diluted DNA, water or neat DNA which were also included in the tube. The prepared PCR tubes was then placed into the thermo-cycler and a program optimized run to amplify the CHD1Z and CHD1W gene variants using a set of universal avian sexing primers 2250F and 2718R (Williams 2012, pg91).
Gel electrophoresis was the preferred method used to separate molecules on a gel matrix. This process included insertion of a comb into one end. Molten gel was then poured into a casting tray. The DNA was mixed with the loading dye after which the samples are loaded into the wells which were created by the combs. This was precedence by placement of the gel into the electrophoresis buffer. The loading dye is dense and as a result the DNA sinks into the well that contains colored indicator dyes. Closer examination of the electrophoresi...
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