The Vibrio species, B-18, produces PHA, a bacterial storage material with application as a biodegradable plastic. Phase one of this project aimed at determining if PCR technology could be used to find other bacteria that produce a similar type of PHA. Results showed that the primer sets utilized were not able to identify bacteria with PHA genes. Phase two hoped to discover if it would be possible to introduce Escherichia coli plasmids into B-18 using electroporation. Results demonstrated that electroporation was not useful for introducing plasmids into B-18.
Lizarazo, Diana B., "A Tale of Two Investigations in Molecular Biology: the Use of PCR Technology to Identify Bacteria Containing Genes for PHA Synthesis and the Antibiotic Sensitivity Profile of Vibrio Species B-18" (2008). Honors Projects Overview. 9.
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