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Taking Transformation to the Next Level With Colony PCR
Transformation is a biotechnology technique that is used daily in research laboratories around the world. This technique allows scientists to force E. coli to take up small, circular pieces of DNA called plasmids from the surrounding environment. Using recombinant DNA technology, these plasmids are engineered to contain genes from different sources.
Tagged on: GFP, PCR, Transformation, New, Classroom Laboratory
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
Six Experiments To Get Your Students Excited For Earth Day!
April 22nd marks the 45th annual Earth Day! Around 20 million people celebrated the first Earth Day in 1970 by organizing rallies and peaceful protests to educate Americans about the environmental concerns of the times. Today, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration of green technology, clean energy and environmental policy reform.
Tagged on: Earth Day, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Classroom Laboratory, STEM, PCR
Biotechnology Basics - qPCR
PCR exponentially amplifies copies of a DNA sequence and it’s great at producing more DNA for subsequent analysis. For example, PCR combined with gel electrophoresis can tell us whether a particular loci is present or absent. It’s also somewhat of a black box - you put your sample in a thermal cycler, program in the cycles’ temperatures, and later on come back and collect your product. We know what happens in between but we can’t see it happening in real time.
Tagged on: Biotech Basics, PCR, Advanced, DNA, STEM
Edvotek Road Trip - NSTA Area Meeting in Richmond, VA
Last week, we kicked off our busy fall conference schedule with the NSTA Area Meeting in Richmond, VA. Richmond is just a stone’s throw away from our headquarters in Washington, D.C., so we packed up our truck and got on the road.
Tagged on: DNA, DNA Fragments, Genes, NSTA, Polymerase Chain Reaction, STEM, Workshop
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