Mutant Plants to the Rescue!

Bioremediation is a management tool that addresses environmental pollution. In bioremediation organisms remove or neutralize pollutants from a contaminated site. Often these organisms are already present at the site.  For example a group of scientists from Rutgers University discovered a…

The Top 100 Papers in Biotechnology — and How to Bring Them Into Your Classroom

In order to communicate their findings to others in their field, scientists will publish their data in peer-reviewed journals.  Some of the techniques within these papers have revolutionized the way we do science.  Nature, a leading science journal, tabulated the…

DNA Barcoding: Identifying Organisms at the Molecular Level

How would you identifying all the species in the picture? You could consult a field guide, ask a mycologist (a person who specializes in fungi), or you could sequence its DNA. This last choice is becoming increasingly popular and is…

What’s in my lunch? Analyzing GM foods in your classroom laboratory.

I always like to teach biotechnology in the context of its real-world uses.  For example, one "hot-button" issue relates to the genetic modification of plants and animals in agriculture.  Newspapers, popular magazines, and even our Facebook feeds are full of statements…