Department of Science
Dr. Amanda Brosnahan, Dr. Taylor Mach
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives commensally on one third of the human population. S. aureus can produce toxins and superantigens, like SEA, TSST-1 and alpha toxin that cause disease. Some diseases produced by these toxins are pneumonia, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, toxic shock syndrome, dermatitis, and sepsis. Twelve S. aureus positive samples, previously collected from nasal swabs, were tested through PCR and DNA gel electrophoresis in order to visualize the DNA you are looking for.