Molecular biology and genetic engineering are important skills used in the scientific world that allow for the modification and manipulation of DNA to generate proteins that have been used as drugs or novel food sources. The techniques of molecular biology and genetic engineering are crucial tools used in many of today’s biotechnology fields, including forensic science and scientific research.
This kit unlocks the mysteries of genetic materials by introducing students to the concepts of genes, transferable DNA (plasmids) and bacteria as living factories for the production of important proteins. Students will understand the relationship between genes and proteins, by transforming a gene, encoding a light emitting protein, into bacteria to produce glowing green bacteria (see figure). In addition to expressing the light emitting protein, the trait for drug resistance is also conferred on the bacteria, allowing students to learn about antibiotic selection.
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.
- Transformation of bacteria with a gene or DNA
- Understand simple molecular biology and genetic manipulation techniques
- Role of bacteria as a production factory
- Understand transformation in biotechnology