Life in the Lab: working with human gut microbiota

This film shows how lab scientists work safely with human gut bacteria; culturing them on agar plates and extracting DNA for genome sequencing.

Hilary Browne is a PhD student, working in the Infection Genomics Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. In this film he describes how to work safely in the lab with bacteria from the human gut, including culturing them on agar plates and extracting their DNA for genome sequencing.

The Infection Genomics Programme uses a variety of different research approaches to study the biology and evolution of disease-causing organisms such as viruses, bacteria and parasites. This enables them to understand how these organisms cause disease in humans and other animals.

This film is part of a series of Life in the lab films that provide an in-depth look at some of the laboratory processes used by different teams at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.  The film has been developed to support the OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 in laboratory skills. 

This page was last updated on 2021-07-21