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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.
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
Can Beauty Sleep Fight the Common Cold?
Getting a full night’s sleep could be more important than simply preventing groggy, sluggish mornings. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the amount of sleep that people receive directly correlates with their resistance to getting sick.
Tagged on: Sleep, Science, Virus, Health, Cold
Seasonal Variations in Gene Expression
A lot changes in the fall – temperatures, leaf colors, coffee flavors, sunrise time, TV shows, it's a long list. Add to this list your transcriptome. A transcriptome is the set of all RNA molecules in a cell or population of cells. The name comes from transcription, which is the first part of gene expression where information in a strand of DNA is copied into messenger RNA. The DNA information in a eukaryotic organism, e.g. the genome, is more or less constant apart from the occasional mutation. In contrast the transcriptome is in constant flux.
Tagged on: Genes, Advanced, Intermediate, Science
Edvotek Road Trip - A Brief Tour of the West Coast!
A few weeks ago, Edvotek kicked off our Fall Conference Schedule by attending the yearly meeting for the California Science Teachers Association in Sacramento, California. Before the conference started, we had time to wander around the city and take in the sites. Our first stop was Old Sacramento, which is the oldest part of town. We had fun wandering the cobblestone streets and the historic buildings. In fact, we stopped at the B. F. Hastings Building, which served as the western terminal of the Pony Express. We also toured the historic California State Capitol.
Tagged on: NSTA, CSTA Conference, Biotech Basics, Tech Tips, Tips and Tricks, Classroom Laboratory, STEM, Workshop, Professional Development, Science
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