This kit unlocks the mysteries of genetic materials by introducing students to the concepts of genes, transferable DNA (plasmids) and bacteria as living factories for the production of important proteins. Students will understand the relationship between genes and proteins, by transforming a gene, encoding a light emitting protein, into bacteria to produce glowing green bacteria (see figure). In addition to expressing the light emitting protein, the trait for drug resistance is also conferred on the bacteria, allowing students to learn about antibiotic selection.
- Transformation of bacteria with a gene or DNA
- Understand simple molecular biology and genetic manipulation techniques
- Role of bacteria as a production factory
- Understand transformation in biotechnology
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