Gel Electrophoresis

Biotech Basic Training

June 26 - 28, 2018


Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

This introductory workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is designed to be a quick and easy introduction to 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis. Teachers expand their knowledge of current biological research and explore new ways to teach topics in biotechnology with hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.

Restriction Enzyme Cleavage of DNA Kit

It's easy to teach students the basics of DNA gel electrophoresis and analysis with this classic AP(r) Biology lab. Using convenient pre-cut fragments, students electrophorese, stain, and visualize uncut lambda DNA (control) and DNA predigested with EcoRI and HindIII (standard molecular weight marker). They then determine the sizes of the DNA fragments. Materials are sufficient for 4 or 8 teams of students or 8 separate instructor demonstrations.