Quarantine Chromatography

Science Should Never Halt As parents and students continue to quarantine, socially distance, wash their hands, and avoid touching their face (you are following all of the coronavirus recommendations, right?), it’s important that inquiry and exploration are still allowed to…

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…

Biotechnology Basics: Making the Polymerase Chain Reaction Easier with PCR EdvoBeads

Invented in 1983 by Kary Mullis, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) has become indispensable in modern molecular biology research. Through a clever use of DNA polymerase Dr. Mullis discovered a method to quickly create many copies of a specific sequence of…

Biotechnology Basics – Using BactoBeads™

What are BactoBeads™? BactoBeads™ are non-pathogenic, freeze-dried microbes (bacteria and lower eukaryotes) that are easily cultured for use in the classroom.  Each bead contains microorganisms, buffer, salts and nutrient broth in an instantly soluble pellet.  What is so special about…