Foodborne Outbreak MiniLab

Forensic science for public health investigation

    • Based on a real-life Shigella outbreak from yr. 2000
    • Includes a pencil and paper exercise and a student-designed gel electrophoresis experiment
    • Use a cohort study and molecular assays to trace an outbreak to its source
    • Demonstrate the need for positive and negative controls in molecular biology experiments
    • Expose your students to career pathways in public health

Difficulty Level: 


SKU: M3006
Lab techniques covered:
Gel Electrophoresis
Major HKDSE-related chapters: Infectious Disease, Recombinant DNA (Restriction enzyme), DNA fingerprinting. Electives: Microorganisms, PCR

Teacher and Student Guide downloads:

Materials included:

  • 11 DNA samples
  • GreenGel Cups
  • Running buffer
  • Pipette tips 
  • Microcentrifuge tubes