We’ve been waiting for this item for a while, and because of some issues with the manufacturer it took a bit of time to get them in stock, but they are here! Three new products from BIO-RAD, a company mostly known for it biological educational equipment.
We’ll start off strong with the Genes in a Bottle Kit
Ever wanted to wear your genetic code like jewelry? You can!
The Genes in a Bottle Kit lets you collect cells from the inside of your cheek, combine it in a test tube with the included DNA extraction buffer, mix it up gently (a more detailed explanation is included) and then extract the precipitated DNA to the helix keepsake. The kit contains enough materials to make two DNA keepsakes. You can wear it around your neck or your wrist! You can color your DNA with food coloring (opitonal). The kit includes other fun DNA activities such as making an origami DNA helix!
The next item from BIO-RAD is their DNA Model
With this kit you assemble a the foam pieces that form the bases into a DNA helix that is over 2 feet tall!. DNA Bases will only attach with their proper counterpart on the DNA strand – just like in real life!
Next up is what I have been jokingly referring to as ‘My first Electrophoresis Kit’. But it is actually called The Candy Caper – A crime scene detective kit
Electrophoresis is a system where you use the charges on particle to separate them. This is a crucial aspect of forensic science as it is used for seperating genetics and a host of other applications. Trouble is, electrophorsis kits can be a bit expensive for home fun. But this new kit lets young experimenters do their own electrophoresis work as they solve a (fictional) criminal case.
The Candy Caper requires a few elements in addition to the kit – 5 9v batteries are needed to power the electrophoresis, bottled water, purple cabbage, salt, toothpicks and measuring cups are needed in addition to the items in the kit. You will also need access to the microwave oven.
The BIO-RAD kits are all great for home experimentation, school science projects, or STEM actitivites.