Investigating Synthetic Biology

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**Newly Redesigned!**

Teach your students about synthetic biology with this exciting and exclusive lab! Students use PCR to amplify the coding sequence of the BSMT1 enzyme. This interesting enzyme is responsible for the formation of methyl salicylate, a chemical with a strong "wintergreen" odor. The PCR product is purified, restriction digested, and inserted into a plasmid vector. The resulting recombinant DNA is then used to transform E. coli BactoBeads™. Finally, students design an experiment to express the enzyme from their transformants and perform a smell test to confirm that the bacterial factories are working!

Group size: For 5 lab groups

Time required:

Module I: 2 hours
Module II: 60 minutes
Module III: 2 hours
Module IV: 75 minutes
Module V: 2 hours + overnight
Module VI: 3 hours 20 minutes + overnight
Module VII: 15 minutes
*This experiment includes a multiple day transformation*

Kit includes: PCR EdvoBeads™, primer mix concentrate, template DNA concentrate, universal DNA buffer, ultrapure water, DNA standard marker, 10X gel loading solution, purification and wash buffers, spin columns and reservoirs, Dryzyme® mix, Dryzyme® reconstitution buffer, enzyme reaction buffer, vector cut with EcoRI and HindIII, T4 DNA ligase, ReadyPour LB agar, LB medium, BactoBeads™ (Host), Calcium Chloride, competent cell solution, control DNA, recovery broth, Kanamycin, IPTG, Salacylic acid, wintergreen scent, 50X electrophoresis buffer, UltraSpec-Agarose™, SYBR® Safe Stain, microcentrifuge and PCR tubes, 10 ml pipet, 50 ml conical tubes, sterile loops.

All you need: thermal cycler, horizontal gel electrophoresis apparatus, DC power supply, UV transilluminator, microcentrifuge, two water baths, shaking incubation oven, microwave or hot plate, pipet pump, micropipets, two flasks at least 125 ml, lab gloves, ice, bleach

Storage: Some Components Require Refrigerator and Freezer Storage

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