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CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing is a revolution in the biotechnology that is allowing scientists to make targeted changes to the genetic makeup of living organisms. The medical possibilities and ethical questions raised by this technology are a great way to engage your...read more
For nearly four years, volunteers at the La Jolla/Riford Library have been offering hands-on science programs that are free and open to the public. Enthusiasm for using science to solve crimes makes forensics a consistently popular topic for our community science...read more
For fans of biotechnology and biomedical innovation, the 2018 Nobel Prize announcements have been especially exciting. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith, and Sir Gregory P. Winter, pioneers of directed evolution...read more
June 30th, 2018, Charlotte, NC: A happy potluck birthday lunch. 100 guests invited to share a homemade dish to complement the only store bought item on the menu, the birthday cake. July 2nd 2018: Two days later, 40 guests are stricken with intense abdominal cramps,...read more
Bitter taste receptors help an iconic mammal survive on a toxic diet In your classroom, you may have tasted PTC paper while learning about genetics and evolution. PTC is a bitter compound that some people can taste, and some people cannot. The difference is linked to...read more
Header image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures With Comic-Con in town and costumed characters taking over Downtown San Diego, we thought it might be a good time to examine biotech in pop culture, and how pop culture can be used to engage students with science. Classic...read more
Are you looking for classroom activities that will bring together science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in one integrated experience? The solution could be at your fingertips - gel electrophoresis! Electrophoresis typically enters the biology curriculum as...read more
Download Activity Sheet as Word Document Download Activity Sheet as PDF This is a guest post courtesy of Mr. Andrew Faiz, a biology teacher at East Boston High School. A big thank you to Mr. Faiz for this wonderful blog post, and for sharing your fun, practical...read more
Beginning in April 2018, a foodborne outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 caused a nationwide alert about tainted greens. Cases first appeared in Canada and ultimately spread to 32 US states. According to the last Centers for Disease Control and...read more
Scientists have used bacteriophage lambda (lambda phage) to reveal the molecular secrets of life since the 1950s. When you teach your students about restriction enzymes, recombinant DNA, or gene regulation, you are drawing on decades of basic molecular biology...read more
Hello! I'm Diane, an AP Biology teacher who attended a recent MiniOne workshop in New Jersey, and I'd like to share an interesting revelation I had while working with my MiniOne DNA Electrophoresis System in my classroom: it's possible to store casted electrophoresis...read more
Innovation is ageless. Winston Walker, now 94, lived through the Great Depression and served in the Navy during WWII. His career in electrical engineering spans several decades of transformational technology, from the first integrated circuits to personal computers...read more
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