MiniOne MiniLabs

Our hands-on MiniLabs are a fun and engaging series of gel electrophoresis labs that take students from mastery of basic biotech skills through popular applications of electrophoresis in forensics, DNA fingerprinting, and human genetics, and finally to a challenging, real-world investigation of a foodborne outbreak. The entire series can be completed in a week or used throughout your curriculum to add an inquiry-based and visually engaging connection to modern biotechnology.

MiniOne® MiniLabs
PCR 101 & Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab

PCR 101 & Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab

Learn the fundamentals of PCR with the PCR 101 and Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is an essential technique in today’s molecular biology and biotech applications. Starting with a small sample of DNA scientists can produce billions of copies of a specific fragment quickly and affordably. With this PCR 101 and gel electrophoresis lab kit, students amplify fragments from the Lambda phage genome while learning the mechanism of DNA amplification with PCR, and analyze their results using gel electrophoresis.

Teachers guides and classroom handouts to use with your MiniOne Electrophoresis or PCR System.

* Teacher’s, please contact us for password to access this file.

PCR 101 & Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab

Learn the fundamentals of PCR with the PCR 101 and Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab.

Price: $99.00

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Gel Loading Practice Kit

Gel Loading Practice Kit

Master loading, handling, and dispensing liquids with micropipettes – skills that are essential in any biotech lab.

An adjustable volume micropipette is the most ubiquitous tool in every biotech lab. Mastering its use is the gateway to delivering accurate and reproducible results from an experiment. With the Gel Loading Practice Kit, students first learn how to read and adjust the numerical display to accurately dispense small volumes of liquid onto plastic “target practice” cards.

Teachers guides and classroom handouts to use with your MiniOne Electrophoresis or PCR System.

* Teacher’s, please contact us for password to access this file.

Gel Loading Practice Kit MiniLab

Students can master the skills to load an agarose gel with the Gel Loading Practice Kit from MiniOne Systems.

Price: $49.00

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MiniOne® Electrophoresis 101 MiniLab

Electrophoresis 101 MiniLab

Teach the fundamentals of DNA separation with this practical and accessible MiniLab.

One of the most popular MiniLabs with teachers, Electrophoresis 101 is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of electrophoresis in an affordable, accessible package. Students pour, load, and run their own gels, observing the separation of dyes and DNA bands in real-time, and then plot a standard curve of size vs. migration distance to determine the sizes of unknown DNA fragments. In a single classroom period your students will gain the experience necessary to fully engage with and understand more advanced gel electrophoresis labs.

Teachers guides and classroom handouts to use with your MiniOne Electrophoresis or PCR System.

* Teacher’s, please contact us for password to access this file.

Gel Electrophoresis 101 Lab

Students can master the skills to load an agarose gel with the Gel Loading Practice Kit from MiniOne Systems.

Price: $39.00

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PTC Genetics MiniLab

PTC Genetics MiniLab

Teach genetics, heredity, and human biology with this entertaining and engaging MiniLab.

Engage students with DNA analysis and Mendelian genetics as they connect genotype with phenotype and solve the mystery of Jillian, a student who cannot taste the bitter compound PTC, even though everyone in her immediate family can. Does Jillian have ancestors who couldn’t taste PTC or was she adopted? The PTC Genetics MiniLab is a perfect extension to any curriculum exploring population genetics, heredity, or human biology.

Teachers guides and classroom handouts to use with your MiniOne Electrophoresis or PCR System.

* Teacher’s, please contact us for password to access this file.

PTC Genetics MiniLab

Students develop an understanding of electrophoresis and genetic principles in one class period using this fun and engaging MiniLab.

Price: $69.00

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DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab

DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab

Which whale is Luna’s father? DNA fingerprinting tells the tale.

One of the most popular labs for first time MiniOne users, our DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab challenges students’ pattern analysis skills as they sort through an array of bands to determine the parentage of an endangered humpback whale calf. Students gain the complete hands-on experience of pouring, loading, and running a gel while diving into real-world genetics and conservation biology. Students learn how DNA banding patterns can reveal the history and heritage of an individual, whether whale or human, while observing DNA separation in real time.

Teachers guides and classroom handouts to use with your MiniOne Electrophoresis or PCR System.

* Teacher’s, please contact us for password to access this file.

DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab

This popular DNA fingerprinting MiniLab helps biology students develop an understanding of gel electrophoresis and environmental science principles while helping a whale calf identify which whale is her father.

Price: $69.00

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CSI Forensics MiniLab

CSI Forensics MiniLab

Leverage the Crime Scene Investigation trend into an educational opportunity with this engrossing MiniLab.

Crime scene investigation is one of the most well-known and controversial applications of DNA profiling. The CSI Forensics MiniLab offers a compelling scenario that is sure to engage your students with electrophoresis and DNA analysis! Teach how multiple lines of evidence are used to connect an individual with the scene of the crime. Students use hair samples, fingerprints, and DNA banding patterns revealed by gel electrophoresis to determine which suspect could have killed Dr. Ward.

Teachers guides and classroom handouts to use with your MiniOne Electrophoresis or PCR System.

* Teacher’s, please contact us for password to access this file.

CSI Forensics MiniLab

Thanks to shows like CSI, forensics is a popular field that interests all types of students. Using the CSI Forensics MiniLab, students develop an understanding of forensic science and gel electrophoresis while investigating the mystery of who killed Dr. Ward.

Price: $69.00

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Foodborne Outbreak Investigation MiniLab

Foodborne Outbreak Investigation MiniLab

An inquiry-based lab incorporating hypothesis testing, experimental design, and data analysis. This AP Biology level lab is designed to be equivalent to a college level lab.

AP Biology students become epidemiologists in this challenging lab based on a real-world Shigella outbreak. Over two days, students will construct a hypothesis based on interview data and food production process, design an experiment to test their hypothesis, then set up and run their experiment using gel electrophoresis. Along the way, students will explore the concepts of DNA-based assays and their role in food safety and public health research, and learn the importance of positive and negative controls for sensitive molecular assays. Lively class discussion is sure to follow as students interpret their data, critique each other’s experimental design, and evaluate the merits of multiple levels of correct answers.

Teachers guides and classroom handouts to use with your MiniOne Electrophoresis or PCR System.

* Teacher’s, please contact us for password to access this file.

Foodborne Outbreak Investigation MiniLab

An inquiry-based lab incorporating hypothesis testing, experimental design, and data analysis. This AP Biology level lab is designed to be equivalent to a college level lab.

Price: $120.00

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