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Bacterial Transformation (Grades 9-12)

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Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Grades 9–12

Bacterial transformation illustrates the direct link between an organism's genetic complement (genotype) and its observable characteristics (phenotype). In this genetic engineering experiment, you will introduce two genes, one for antibiotic resistance and one for fluorescence, into the bacterium E. coli. You will compare transformed bacteria to non-transformed bacteria, examining their ability to grow in the presence of ampicillin and glow when exposed to ultraviolet light.

This lab is required by the College Board as part of the Genetics and Information Transfer unit in AP Biology and the technique is also introduced in the Biotechnology unit of the NYS Regents Living Environment course.

Seats are limited to 8 students per class and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    Register/more info

    Registration in advance through Eventbrite is required | $25