MiniOne Summer Adventures: Demonstrating DNA Separation and Amplification at AP Biology Summer Institute Workshops

From the west coast to the eastern seaboard – MiniOne™ has been turning heads at APSI workshops nationwide! Ah, summer. The season of barbecues, beach days, and enriching your AP Biology course curriculum. Across the United States, our most passionate and diligent teachers gather for Advanced Placement Summer Institutes – workshops designed to help high … Continued

Music, Food, and DNA Amplification: ASMCUE 2017 in Denver!

We’re leaving on a jet-plane…to Denver for ASMCUE 2017! The MiniOne™ Systems team is so excited to reconvene with old friends and new at another meeting of the nation’s best undergraduate microbiology educators. We had a fantastic time sharing the MiniOne™ Electrophoresis System with teachers at ASMCUE 2016 in Washington DC last year – and … Continued

Help us Congratulate our ASMCUE 2016 Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the two lucky winners of our ASMCUE 2016 Focus Group contest: Dr. Aimee Hollander of Nicholls State University and Dr. Jaclyn Madden of Harford Community College. Congratulations to the both of you! We offered two prizes: a MiniOne Electrophoresis Unit and a new PrepOne Sapphire with imaging hood for smart … Continued

Gel Electrophoresis

Looking at a sample of purple dye, how can you know if it is really purple? Could it be a mixture of blue and red dyes? Electrophoresis is a technique used in many areas of science to analyze and separate samples by applying a constant electric field across a separation matrix. Biologists or forensic scientists … Continued

Experimental Design

The best way to test a hypothesis is through controlled, systematic, and reproducible experiments. Proper experimental design is critical for obtaining usable, reliable, and applicable data. There are two important components to be considered: variables and controls. Variables Variables are the conditions and components that are changeable and controllable during an experiment. There are both … Continued

Congratulations to ASHG DNA Day Contest Winners

Results are in and we would like say CONGRATULATIONS! to ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest winners   This year’s ASHG DNA Day Essay contest boasts submissions from 44 states and 23 foreign countries. This contest challenges students to examine, question, and reflect on important ideas and issues related to human genetics. Competitive essays are expected to … Continued

Discovery of the DNA Structure

On this day April 25 in 1953, James D. Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and their colleagues published the first article that described the double-helix DNA structure in the scientific journal Nature. This short, one page article titled, “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” was the key to understanding the chemical … Continued

The MiniOne and PLTW- Teaming up to Engage Students and Simplify Classroom Management

Tuesday, March 1st 2016 Rachel Tenenbaum, a La Jolla High School science teacher in the Biomedical Pathways Program, part of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), teamed up with The MiniOne to increase student engagement  while reducing prep time and saving resources in a hands-on human genetics lab. The lab was arranged to compare the MiniOne side-by-side … Continued

Workshop at La Jolla Library – Foodborne Outbreak Investigation

An inquiry-based lab incorporating hypothesis testing, experimental design, and data analysis Give students the complete hands-on experience of running a molecular biology investigation from beginning to end while engaging them with a scenario based on a real-world Shigella outbreak. In this workshop, you will gain practical experience with technology and protocols that are easy to … Continued

DIY Bio Home Enthusiast

Running the MiniOne Gel Electrophoresis at Home by Su-Lin, DIY Bio Home Enthusiast The MiniOne system is a very convenient to use system for Gel Electrophoresis experiments at home. It contains everything you pretty much need to run the gel, and leaves you to focus your time and effort on the actual experiment setups and … Continued

Libraries as a Hub for Literacy – AND Science too!

Libraries began as a deliberate accumulation of documents and evolved into more identifiably as a hub for literacy, knowledge and learning. As pioneers, the La Jolla/Riford Library has taken the definition of, “library” to a whole new level by putting in a fully equipped science lab. The La Jolla/Riford Library welcomes the public to a new space where they … Continued