Going Viral with COVID-19: Using Current Events in the Biotechnology Classroom

A comprehensive set of resources to help you talk to your students about the ongoing pandemic. Over the past few weeks, you’ve probably been inundated with news regarding the current viral pandemic affecting over 100 countries worldwide.  It’s a little…

Taking Transformation to the Next Level with Colony PCR

Transformation is a biotechnology technique that is used daily in research laboratories around the world. This technique allows scientists to force E. coli to take up small, circular pieces of DNA called plasmids from the surrounding environment. Using recombinant DNA…

Biotechnology Basics: SDS Polyacrylamide-Gel Electrophoresis

What is SDS-PAGE? SDS polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis, or SDS-PAGE, is a technique that is used to separate proteins according to their molecular weight.  What do I need to separate proteins?  In addition to your protein sample, you will need:  Sodium Dodecyl…