Meets AP Science Practices 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7, and Big Idea 3.
- Students practice techniques for molecular genetics
- Determine transformation efficiency
Transformation, a basic principle of genetic engineering used to study the uptake and expression of foreign DNA by a recipient, results in the acquisition of a particular trait or traits by a recipient lacking those traits. In this investigation, students will transform common bacteria that are killed by antibiotics with a plasmid containing DNA that will confer antibiotic resistance. Students will then calculate efficiencies and analyze factors that might alter the efficacy of transformation to determine ways to improve the results.A refill kit is available and contains only consumable component items it does not contain additional student or teacher guides.
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•Practice concept application instead of fact memorization.
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