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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.
Science News - Mouse Experiments on the Move
As always, the past few weeks were packed with interesting science articles, including a number of interesting findings involving mice. Laboratory mice (frequently variations on the common house mouse Mus Musculus) are frequently used in studies on genetics, psychology, physiology, and medicine. This is in large part due to their close homology to humans: on average, mouse and human genes are ~85% similar, with some genes being 99% identical. Therefore, research in mice can often represent a potential link to humans.
Tagged on: Advanced, Nature
Solving Your Dilution Dilemma
When asked to dilute a solution, students (and sometimes teachers) tend to panic! A dilution is a common laboratory technique used for preparing reagents and solutions. Though we all know what it means to ‘dilute’, sometimes one can be confused on how to actually perform a dilution.
Tagged on: Tips and Tricks, Buffer, Dilution, FAQ, Tech Tips
The Genesis of New Genes
The advent of whole-genome sequencing has produced a number of startling discoveries related to the human genome. For starters, we are hardly as complex as we would like to think; Homo sapiens lags behind many organisms in both the size of our genome and the number of genes it encodes.
Tagged on: Advanced, Intermediate, De novo, Genes, Mutation
Edvotek Road Trip - NSTA STEM Forum & Expo in the Big Easy
I’m in the process of packing up for the NSTA Stem Forum and Expo. This year, the conference is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve never been to New Orleans, so I’m looking forward to exploring the rich history of the city, including the architecture, the music, and the beignets (of course).
Tagged on: Beginner, NSTA, STEM, Workshop
Biotechnology Basics: An Introduction to PCR
PCR is a technique that allows researchers to quickly create many copies of a specific region of DNA in vitro.
Tagged on: Beginner, Biotech Basics, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Tips and Tricks
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