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Biotechnology for Young Scientists—Student Laboratory Kits

In the Biotechnology for Young Scientists DNA and Biotechnology Laboratory Kit, be amazed as you extract DNA from fruit. The spooled DNA obtained is identified using electrophoresis.

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Students will be amazed as they extract and isolate DNA from fruit! The “spooled” DNA obtained in this manner is identified using electrophoresis, the most common technique in biotechnology. Visible bands appear as the DNA fragments run through the “molecular maze” in the presence of an electric field. Kit includes dried fruit and all solutions needed for students to isolate DNA, as well as agarose, buffer, and dyes for electrophoresis. Dried fruit is a safe, convenient source of DNA. Purified fish DNA added to the isolated fruit DNA for electrophoresis ensures that DNA bands will always be visible. Student success every time!

Complete for six student groups. Super Value Kit is complete for 30 student groups. Electrophoresis apparatus is required and available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-LS3-2: Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
HS-LS3-1: Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.