Agarose gel Electrophoresis

In biotechnology, agarose gel electrophoresis is the cornerstone DNA separation technique. More recently, exciting innovations in the use of agarose gel electrophoresis are now enabling students to also engage with and explore both native and denatured protein separations using the same equipment previously used for DNA separation. 


Students can explore the biological process of bacterial transformation using an e.coli bacteria and plasmid DNA. At the end of the activity, students will have experience observing and analyzing acquired traits. 

Bacterial Transformation


In Da Pendant Genes

Prepare your own DNA which you will take away wearing in a pendant!
Cells from the inside of your mouth (buccal cells) are harvested, lysed, enzyme treated and the DNA extracted. This DNA is then collected, sealed in a glass pendant and worn around your neck.


Microbiology offers a rich array of meaningful learning experiences, but is also a potential minefield! 
•    Do your current laboratory practices represent ‘best practice’? 
•    What is it possible for you to do and what should be avoided? 
This session utilises a combination of discussion and hands-on. Workplace Health and Safety issues relevant to microbiology will be discussed as well as how to enable your school laboratories to achieve Physical Containment Level One (PC1), which is the minimum standard required for microbiology.

Microbiology