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Labs & Experiments

Labs & Experiments

Virtual and hands-on experiments to teach genetic concepts.

Materials for Labs & Experiments

Biostatistics

Genetics of Organisms

Description: A virtual lab that uses fruit flies, mono- and dihybrid crosses, and statistics to teach concepts of inheritance

Biotechnology

Bacterial Identification Virtual Lab

Description: A virtual lab teaching methods for identifying bacteria by their DNA

Bacterial Transformation

Description: A virtual laboratory experiment teaching concepts of genetic engineering

Cloning a Living Organism

Description: A plant cutting exercise to demonstrate cloning and genetic versus environmental influences

DNA Extraction

Description: A virtual DNA extraction laboratory experiment

Evaluating Methods of Pest Control

Description: A laboratory experiment to prompt discussion of the economic importance of pest control

Extracting DNA From Living Things

Description: A laboratory experiment using simple equipment and chemicals to extract DNA from plants and other materials

Following Gene Transfer by Conjugation in Bacteria

Description: Instructions for a gene transfer laboratory experiment

Gene Induction: Beta-galactosidase in E. coli

Description: A laboratory experiment demonstrating how genes are turned on and off in a cell

Investigating What Makes Fruit Go Brown

Description: A laboratory experiment to test hypotheses of why fruits brown and prompt discussion on commercial food processing

PCR Virtual Lab

Description: A PCR virtual laboratory experiment

Restriction Analysis

Description: A DNA virtual laboratory experiment

Transgenic Fly Lab Introduction

Description: Create transgenic flies in a virtual laboratory

Understanding Genetics

Description: Instructions for a DNA extraction laboratory experiment

Working with Immobilised Enzymes or Microscopic Organisms

Description: Demonstrate the technique of immobilisation of biomaterial in an alginate matrix. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using immobilised material

Cell Biology

Gene Induction: Beta-galactosidase in E. coli

Description: A laboratory experiment demonstrating how genes are turned on and off in a cell

Investigating Mitosis in Allium Root Tip Squash

Description: A laboratory experiment to demonstrate mitosis in plant cells

Making Reebops: A model for Meiosis

Description: Instructions for a classroom exercise modeling meiosis and gene expression (phenotype)

Preparing an Anther Squash

Description: A laboratory experiment using the stamen from a flower to demonstrate meiosis

Recombination Calculations by Branch Diagrams

Description: An expert authored advanced classroom laboratory experiment teaching a method for analyzing genetic recombination events

DNA Forensics

DNA Extraction

Description: A virtual DNA extraction laboratory experiment

DNA Fingerprint: Alu

Description: A DNA fingerprinting virtual laboratory experiment

DNA, Genes, Chromosomes

DNA Extraction

Description: A virtual DNA extraction laboratory experiment

DNA Microarray Virtual Lab

Description: A DNA microarray virtual laboratory experiment

Extracting DNA From Living Things

Description: A laboratory experiment using simple equipment and chemicals to extract DNA from plants and other materials

Recombination Calculations by Branch Diagrams

Description: An expert authored advanced classroom laboratory experiment teaching a method for analyzing genetic recombination events

Restriction Analysis

Description: A DNA virtual laboratory experiment

Evolution

A Model for Natural Selection – Spaghetti Worms

Description: Investigate natural selection using ‘worms’ made from cooked spaghetti of different colors, observe which ones birds prefer to eat and monitor how ‘populations’ change over time

A Simple Model for Natural Selection

Description: Pick grains of colored rice from colored vermiculite as a model for natural selection. Follow the change in the characteristics of a population over a number of generations

Brine Date

Description: An investigation of living brine shrimps to demonstrate sex selection

Do You See What I See?

Description: A series of lesson plans and laboratory exercises exploring vision, color perception, color-blindness, diversity of vision across species, and how this diversity affects survival and reproduction. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

Exploring Mutant Organisms

Description: An evolution and genetic diversity virtual laboratory experiment

Finding Selection in All the Right Places

Description: An expert authored advanced classroom laboratory experiment using bioinformatic tools to compare DNA from closely related species

Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab

Description: A virtual lab teaching skills of data collection and analysis to study evolutionary processes

Genetic Conditions

The Ames Test

Description: An expert authored classroom laboratory experiment to assess how a chemical can cause changes to genetic material (DNA)

Heredity/Inheritance Patterns

Genetic Origins - Mitochondrial Point Mutations

Description: A laboratory experiment illustrating how mitochondrial mutations can be used to retrace the common maternal lineage of humans

Making Reebops: A model for Meiosis

Description: Instructions for a classroom exercise modeling meiosis and gene expression (phenotype)

Mendelian Inheritance

Description: A virtual laboratory experiment teaching concepts of Mendelian inheritance and genetic variation

Top Issues In Genetics

Barcoding Experiment

Description: Videos and detailed instructions for conducting a DNA barcoding laboratory experiment

DNA Nanotechnology (21.4 MB)

Description: A hands-on DNA extraction activity with teaching materials on how nanoscientists study DNA and use it to make other nanoscale materials.

Genetic Origins - Mitochondrial Point Mutations

Description: A laboratory experiment illustrating how mitochondrial mutations can be used to retrace the common maternal lineage of humans

Genetic Origins - PV-92 Alu Insertion

Description: Instruction for a laboratory experiment illustrating differences in an allele frequency between world populations and discussion points