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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

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

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

Exploring Mutant Organisms

Description: An evolution and genetic diversity virtual laboratory experiment

Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab

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

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