Yesterday I ran a gel electrophoresis of some DNA samples with a ladder. Normally, I look at the colour of the dye and eyeball it to decide when I should stop running the electrophoresis. When the dye is about halfway down the gel, that's when I usually stop. With yesterday's sample, I decided to try a new PCR buffer that already has a GoTaq loading dye included. The gel ran, but it took almost TWO HOURS for the dye to get even just 45% of the way down (I used 125V too, the product size was only about 300bp)!! The really weird part was when I imaged the gel, the band that I was looking for was present, but it was almost at the VERY BOTTOM of the gel (about 90% of the way down). This was a new phenomenon for me because I normally found the band at the same area where the dye was (and you can see this with the naked eye on the gel). Instead, it was found nearly double the distance down the gel. What's the deal with that?
I'm running another gel right now with a new PCR product (same gene, same sample), but without the special buffer with the dye included. I'm using the regular buffer and loaded my own dye in before I ran the gel. I also put in the sample from yesterday to see how it runs again. I've set it on the same voltage and hoping to see what happens.
Another funny thing I noticed yesterday - the current was almost at 500IA!! I've never seen it this high before. The voltage was still set to what I had set originally, but the current was off the charts. I had actually forgotten to unplug the other container connected to the machine (so the electricity was being divided into two), and I assume this was the reason why the current was so high. What do you think guys?
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.