gel electrophoresis

noun

: electrophoresis in which molecules (such as proteins and nucleic acids) migrate through a gel and especially a polyacrylamide gel and separate into bands according to size

Examples of gel electrophoresis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The techniques are then used to run an experiment using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, that can then be further examined using gel electrophoresis. Kendra MacK, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2023 That venom product could then be separated into individual components and identified using gel electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 2 June 2015 The outbreak prodded the CDC to develop a program that relied on a technique called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis in which investigators could look at a germ's DNA in clumps. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018 Investigators used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis to find 11 illnesses with a similar genetic pattern, but whole genome sequencing definitively linked 10 and caused one to be tossed out as unrelated. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gel electrophoresis was in 1955

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“Gel electrophoresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gel%20electrophoresis. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

gel electrophoresis

noun
: electrophoresis in which molecules (as proteins and nucleic acids) migrate through a gel and especially a polyacrylamide gel and separate into bands according to size
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