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BactoBeads™ are non-pathogenic, freeze-dried microbes (bacteria and lower eukaryotes) that are easily cultured for use in the classroom. Each bead contains microorganisms, buffer, salts and nutrient broth in an instantly soluble pellet.
Sequencing Tardigrade DNA Reveals Unexpected Results
Recently, tardigrades (known by some as moss piglets and others as water bears) have been making headlines in the field of genetics. What are these excellently nicknamed critters? They are very small aquatic animals. A quick search will show some amazing pictures (and videos). Imagine a less than 1 mm animal with a head attached to a barrel shaped body and four pairs of clawed legs. Interestingly, the hindmost legs are orientated differently from the front six - one useful way to distinguish them from other microscopic animals. Inside they have digestive, excretory, and nervous systems.
Tagged on: Advanced, Science, DNA Sequencing
Making the Polymerase Chain Reaction Easier with PCR EdvoBeads™
Invented in 1983 by Kary Mullis, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) has become indispensable in modern molecular biology research. Through a clever use of DNA polymerase Dr. Mullis discovered a method to quickly create many copies of a specific sequence of DNA in vitro. Many schools have already incorporated PCR into their biology lab sections, allowing the students to experience the technique in person.
Tagged on: Beginner, Biotech Basics, PCR, Tips and Tricks
Edvotek Visits the City of Brotherly Love
Edvotek recently had the opportunity to participate in the NSTA area conference in Philadelphia. Surprisingly, it was the first opportunity for many of our team members to visit this marvelous city, so we made sure to arrive early to explore. We were amazed by all of the history on display, contributing to Philadelphia’s designation as the sole World Heritage City in the United States, a privilege enjoyed by only 250 cities around the world.
Tagged on: NSTA, Biotech Basics, Tech Tips, Tips and Tricks, Classroom Laboratory, STEM, Workshop, Professional Development, Science
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