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Edvotek Visits the City of Brotherly Love
Edvotek recently had the opportunity to participate in the NSTA area conference in Philadelphia. Surprisingly, it was the first opportunity for many of our team members to visit this marvelous city, so we made sure to arrive early to explore. We were amazed by all of the history on display, contributing to Philadelphia’s designation as the sole World Heritage City in the United States, a privilege enjoyed by only 250 cities around the world.
Tagged on: NSTA, Biotech Basics, Tech Tips, Tips and Tricks, Classroom Laboratory, STEM, Workshop, Professional Development, Science
Edvotek Road Trip - A Brief Tour of the West Coast!
A few weeks ago, Edvotek kicked off our Fall Conference Schedule by attending the yearly meeting for the California Science Teachers Association in Sacramento, California. Before the conference started, we had time to wander around the city and take in the sites. Our first stop was Old Sacramento, which is the oldest part of town. We had fun wandering the cobblestone streets and the historic buildings. In fact, we stopped at the B. F. Hastings Building, which served as the western terminal of the Pony Express. We also toured the historic California State Capitol.
Tagged on: NSTA, CSTA Conference, Biotech Basics, Tech Tips, Tips and Tricks, Classroom Laboratory, STEM, Workshop, Professional Development, Science
DNA Ligase - Building a Bridge with DNA
DNA ligase is one of the most important, but least celebrated, enzymes used in modern biotechnology. This enzyme plays a very important role in DNA replication and repair by acting like a “glue” that can connect different DNA fragments to one another. Scientists take advantage of this molecular glue to combine DNA fragments to make an entirely new sequence. However, many people are merely using DNA ligase as a tool without knowing the story and mechanism behind it.
Tagged on: Beginner, Biotech Basics, DNA, Genes, Plasmids, Restriction Digest, Restriction Endonucleases, Restriction Enzymes, STEM, Transformation, Ligation, DNA Ligase, Recombinant DNA Technology
Visualizing DNA After Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
Electrophoresis is a technique that allows us to separate DNA, RNA or proteins into bands according to their size. For more information about this technique, be sure to check out our previous post describing electrophoresis.
Tagged on:Biotech Basics, Science, Technology, Electrophoresis, Classroom Laboratory, DNA, STEM, DNA Fragments, Beginner, Intermediate
Why is C. elegans So Popular in the Biology Laboratory?
For centuries, scientists have used model organisms from the three domains of life, bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes, to understand biological functions. For example, the bacterium Escherichia coli, which has been studied for more than 60 years, has provided important findings in the areas of biological engineering and industrial microbiology. On the other hand, eukaryotic domain organisms like the fly Drosophila melanogaster and the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) have been widely used to study genetics and developmental biology.
Tagged on: Biotech Basics, DNA, STEM, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, DNA Sequencing, Genes, Mutation, NSTA, Organisms, Workshop
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