Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders

Individuals are addicted to drugs for many reasons mainly for pleasurable effects. Substances alter mental status, improve performance, relieve boredom, and to self medicate a mental disorder. Addiction is a chronic relapsing and treatable medical condition. It is most prevalent in all mental conditions. Addiction is a disease of the brain and not a judgment…

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RNA Techniques

Goals Explain the function of a nucleic acid probe and describe the features that are required for its function. Outline the major steps in Northern blotting, RT-PCR, qPCR, microarray analysis and in situ hybridization. Explain the purpose of these techniques. Apply the above mentioned techniques to experimental questions (and know why to use each one)…

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