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In this activity, students employ the same real-world laboratory procedure used in biotechnology research applications as they extract genomic DNA from their own cheek cells, then precipitate and bottle it in a cool helix-shaped necklace.

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Introduce your students to molecular biology with their own DNA using the Genes in a Bottle Kit. Enable your students to see the normally invisible substance of life and begin to comprehend the meaning of their own genetic makeup. In this activity, students employ the same real-world laboratory procedure used in a variety of biotechnology research applications to extract DNA from many different organisms. Students extract genomic DNA from their own cheek cells, then precipitate and bottle it in a cool helix-shaped necklace. From cell structure to genetics to the chemistry of life, this kit integrates multiple life science standards in a single lesson.

Features and Benefits

  • Can be used as an introductory or capstone activity
  • Requires no special equipment or stains

With this kit, students are able to:

  • Perform real research techniques
  • Collect cheek cells, then extract, precipitate, and bottle their DNA

Applications and Uses

This kit offers learning opportunities for all levels of instruction.

  • For middle school students, it's a perfect introduction to the exciting world of DNA science
  • For secondary and college level instruction, lessons on DNA structure and function, cell structure, and enzyme function can be introduced or reinforced with this laboratory

Bio-Rad Item No.: 1662000EDU