A Taste of Genetics MiniLab – Reagents and Tubes (M6012)


Genetics gets personal as students extract and amplify their own DNA, then utilize PCR and electrophoresis to determine their genotype for the PTC tasting trait using a restriction digest assay.



Students extract & amplify their own DNA with PCR and then do a restriction digest assay to determine their genotype.

Teaching AP Biology? A Taste of Genetics MiniLab and extension activities are three Big Ideas in one comprehensive package. Together, these labs are an in-depth exploration of the TAS2R38 gene, covering hands-on genetic analysis, bioinformatics, population genetics, and evolution.

Materials Included in each MiniLab:

Each MiniLab contains enough materials for 10 workstations, 2 – 3 students per workstation.

  • DNA extraction solution
  • Forward and reverse primers for PTC genes
  • Taq polymerase master mix (2X)
  • HaeIII restriction enzyme
  • Restriction enzyme dilution buffer
  • MiniOne® Sample Loading Dye (5X)
  • MiniOne® Molecular Weight Marker
  • One bag of 0.2mL thin-walled PCR tubes
  • One bag of 0.65 mL microcentrifuge tubes
  • 40 PTC taste strips
  • 40 control taste strips (in orders placed after Feb 1, 2020)

Additional equipment required:

Centrifuge capable of spinning PCR tubes at a minimum of 8000 RPM, such as the MiniOne Multi-Speed Centrifuge 



Teaching Resources

Use these teachers guides and classroom handouts to get the most out of your A Taste of Genetics MiniLab.

* Teachers, please contact us for password to access this file.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 4.5 × 9 × 4.5 in
"A Taste of Genetics" Reagents Only

Kit includes supplies for 10 student groups: reagents for DNA extraction, PCR amplification, PTC taste strips, PCR and microcentrifuge tubes.

"A Taste of Genetics" and Gel Electrophoresis Combo, with Micropipette Tips

Kit includes supplies for 10 student groups: reagents for DNA extraction, PCR, and electrophoresis gels & buffer, PTC taste strips, PCR and microcentrifuge tubes; ten racks of micropipette tips