Which end of electrophoresis gel is positive?

In the electrophoresis gel, DNA samples are loaded in well close to the cathode (negative) end. Gel is porous, hence allows negatively charged DNA fragments to travel through, towards the anode (positive) end of gel.

Does gel electrophoresis go from positive to negative?

Gel electrophoresis runs a current from negative at the top of the gel to positive at the bottom of the gel.

What is a good gel electrophoresis?

For a standard agarose gel electrophoresis, a 0.8% gel gives good separation or resolution of large 5–10kb DNA fragments, while 2% gel gives good resolution for small 0.2–1kb fragments. 1% gels is often used for a standard electrophoresis.

How do you read a DNA sequence in gel electrophoresis?

The bands of the gel are detected, and then the sequence is read from the bottom of the gel to the top, including bands in all four lanes. For instance, if the lowest band across all four lanes appears in the A reaction lane, then the first nucleotide in the sequence is A.

What color represents the negative pole in gel electrophoresis?

What color represents the negative pole? Black. After DNA samples were loaded into the samples wells, they are forced to move through the gel matrix.

Why are some bands darker in gel electrophoresis?

During electrophoresis, the gel matrix is like a sieve where larger DNA molecules migrate slower than the smaller ones. This causes the DNA molecules to separate based on their corresponding size and to form distinct bands. The larger the amount of DNA that accumulates in a band the darker the band.

What does a faint band at the bottom of a gel represent?

At the bottom of the PCR product lane, you may see a faint band indicating small molecules. These small molecules are your primer molecules that link to other primer molecules to form a primer dimer.