Edvotek in the Wild! EDVO-Kit #123 Nucleic Acid Testing for COVID-19 at Walnut High School

This is a guest post from Ms. Eleanor Blanchard, a science teacher at Walnut High School, CA. Follow her on Instagram. Teaching college level skills to my high school students is something I set out to do every school year. There’s…

How to Draw a Plasmid Map

So you’ve selected your plasmid and restriction enzymes, carried out a bunch of digestion reactions, and successfully run and stained a beautiful electrophoresis gel. But now how do you go from this? Rainis Venta, CC BY-SA 3.0 To this? The…

Exploring the Genetics of Taste: PTC PCR Perfection

SNP analysis of the PTC gene using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is one of my favorite ways to demonstrate the link between genotype and phenotype in the classroom laboratory. This wonderful experiment involves the isolation of human DNA from…

GFP Transformation Resource Roundup

One of the most impactful experiments in the Biotechnology Laboratory is Kit #223, Transformation of E. coli with Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). We love this experiment for many reasons: green, glowing bacteria, a visual link between genotype and phenotype, and…