My Genes: The Blueprint of Life
The key biotechnology molecule that has probably had the most media coverage is DNA (also referred to as genes and genomes) that supplies the blueprint for each individual. To grip your students imagination and introduce them to DNA have them see their very own genome. This exercise allows students to comprehend previously mysterious DNA and its function as the blueprint of life.
The kit is designed to give each student experience on how DNA is isolated by scientists from tiny amounts of samples, such as cheek cells. Students collect their own cheek cells, which are first broken open in a solution to release proteins and cellular components. Proteins and cellular materials are then removed by the action of a protease, which essentially “eats” the proteins and releases the genetic material (DNA). The DNA is precipitated with alcohol and visualized as a suspension of long, white strands.
The kit is suitable for junior school grade levels to college and university levels and even those adults and professionals seeking an understanding of molecular basis of life and genomic DNA.
Supplied with components needed for hands-on experimentation for six workstations of 4-5 students or 24-30 students. Supplied with Teacher’s Guide and separate Student’s Guides.
- Curiosity driven lesson in genomics.
- Introductory lesson to DNA and genes.
- Safe to perform lab activity in any classroom environment.
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