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…

Five Ways to Improve Your Transformation Experiments

Transformation is the process through which bacteria can pick up foreign DNA from the surrounding environment. The newly acquired genetic information is both stable and heritable. In the laboratory, we can transform bacteria with small, circular pieces of DNA called…

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…