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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.
Understanding DNA Sequencing, Part I
The basic unit of all living organisms, from bacteria to humans, is the cell. Contained within the nucleus of these cells is a molecule called deoxyribonucleic acid (or DNA). Today, we know that DNA is the blueprint used to build an organism – our genetic makeup, or genotype, controls our phenotype (observable characteristics). The directions coded for by our genes controls everything from growth and development to cell specification, neuronal function, and metabolism.
Tagged on: Advanced, DNA, DNA Fragments, DNA Polymerase, DNA Sequencing, Genes, Mutation, Sanger Sequencing, STEM
Demystifying the NGSS High School Life Science Core Ideas
The Next Generation Science Standards are a set of education standards that focus on preparing students for careers in science including engineering and technology. These new set of standards were set in place to emphasize areas in science fundamental to all of biology – Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering and Design. Today we will focus on the core ideas of Life Sciences in detail as well as discuss experiments that fall into each different category.
Tagged on: Biotech Basics, DNA, Tech Tips, STEM, NGSS
Back to School for 2014-15!
Can you believe it? We’re already at the end of our summer vacation. I’m sure that you are busy getting your classroom ready for the first day of school. We’ve had a really busy summer as well, designing new experiments and equipment to be used in your classroom laboratory.
Tagged on: Classroom Laboratory, Summer
NGSS Edvotek Kits: Turning Students into Scientists!
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a set of education standards that were developed in the mid 90’s through a collaborative effort of science educators from 26 states with the aim of transforming K-12 science education. The NGSS guidelines were set up to standardize science teaching and raise the number of high school graduates who would go on to obtain a college degree and a career in science.
Tagged on: Biotech Basics, NGSS, STEM
Biotechnology Basics: Bacterial Transformation
In nature, some species of bacteria can acquire exogenous DNA from the surrounding environment through a process called transformation. The newly acquired genetic information is both stable and heritable.
Tagged on: Fluorescent Proteins, Genetic Engineering, Plasmids, Recombinant DNA Technology
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