Basic Molecular Biology Module 2: Laboratory Practice

Basic Molecular Biology Module 2: Laboratory Practice

This course is part of the Basic Molecular Biology eLearning Series.


Molecular techniques have been widely used in clinical diagnosis, e.g., diagnosing disease, predicting disease course, and identifying infectious agents. This basic molecular biology course series will introduce the scientific background for molecular diagnosis, the principles of molecular biology laboratory practice, and common methods.

This basic-level eLearning course provides information on general laboratory practices. Topics covered include biosafety practices, laboratory area flow, and practices to minimize contamination.


This online course is designed for public health and clinical laboratory staff and persons interested in molecular biology laboratory practice.


At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the general practices and biohazards associated with performing molecular biology procedures in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories
  • Explain the differences of the working areas needed to perform procedures in molecular biology
  • Outline the unidirectional workflow used to minimize contamination in the laboratory
  • Identify general decontamination practices in the molecular biology laboratory
Continuing Education Credits (CEU)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours. P.A.C.E.® course number: 288-002-19

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