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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.
Edvotek at the International Space Station
Who doesn’t dream of visiting space? Few people throughout history have had the chance to experience zero gravity and to observe the world from thousands of miles away. Since 2010, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) has provided an opportunity for American and Canadian students to design and fly microgravity experiments in low earth orbit. As of 2015, SSEP has sponsored eight missions for elementary through university aged students, two onboard the Space Shuttle and six to the International Space Station (ISS).
Tagged on: NASA, Space, ISS, Advanced, Beads
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
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