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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.
The Power of Positivity in Human Language
Take a moment to think back to the past -- to the events of last week, last year, or even back to your childhood. Are you more likely to describe these memories in positive or negative terms? For most people, the tendency is to fondly remember past events and to discuss things using positive language. Interestingly, this bias has been found in people across the world, bridging both culture and language. Psychologists have referred to this phenomenon as the “Pollyanna principle”, the inclination to describe things in a positive light, even when they are negative.
Tagged on: Languages, Advanced, Intermediate
Spring Allergies and the Antibody-Antigen Connection
Welcome to the early days of spring! After a long winter, we’re ready for brightly colored blooms and buds, less clothing layers, and more daylight. Several of us are also preparing for the inevitable start of spring season allergies. Allergies are hypersensitive disorders of the immune system. Normally, the immune system only reacts if a harmful substance attacks the body. However, with allergies, the immune system reacts to a relatively harmless substance, such as pollen.
Tagged on: Science, Intermediate, Antibody
NSTA National Conference Workshops - Chicago, 2015
Thank you to everyone who attended our Workshops at the NSTA Annual Conference in Chicago this year! Over the course of two full days, we offered a full slate of workshops, which introduced attendees to everything from basic biotechnology skills to advanced applications using the Polymerase Chain Reaction.Please see below for all presentations offered during the conference and we hope to see you again soon!
Tagged on: NSTA,Biotech Basics, Science, Tech Tips, Tips and Tricks, Classroom Laboratory, Transformation, Genetic Engineering
The Genetics of Speech
For centuries, scientists and philosophers have argued that speech, a distinctly human trait, was an essential component for the formation of early societies. Ancient mythologies often suggest that language predates humanity, while biologists have uncovered interesting links that might explain the evolutionary development of human speech.
Tagged on: Genes, DNA, Languages, Advanced
Five Ways to Improve Your Transformation Experiments
Transformation is the process through which bacteria can pick up foreign DNA from the surrounding environment. The newly acquired genetic information is both stable and heritable. In the laboratory, we can transform bacteria with small, circular pieces of DNA called plasmids. These plasmids are engineered to contain genes from different sources. Once transformed into bacteria, the plasmids turn the bacteria into living factories to create medications, vitamins and other useful products.
Tagged on: Biotech Basics, Science, Tech Tips, Tips and Tricks, Classroom Laboratory, Transformation, Genetic Engineering, Recombinant DNA Technology, Plasmids
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