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Bacterial Transformation

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Date: Tuesday, February 16, 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, for antibiotic resistance and luminescence, into the bacterium E. coli. Practicing the scientific method, transformed bacteria are compared to non-transformed bacteria for 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.


February Winter Break Fun at the Dolan DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor!

We are excited to welcome students to the DNALC for these in-person programs! To learn more about the DNA Learning Center’s on-site COVID safety procedures, open On-site Procedures for Parents.Eventbrite is used for February Winter Break registration and payment.

  • Reservations for each session must be made through Eventbrite.
  • Sessions are $25 per session, plus Eventbrite registration fee.
  • Sessions for 5–8 grades are scheduled in the mornings, and 9–12 grades in the afternoons.
  • Seats for each session are limited to 8 students and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A second session for each topic will open if the first fills; the second session will begin a half-hour later for social distancing safety.
  • Parents will receive an email prior to registered programs with instructions for drop off and daily health surveys.


DNA Learning Center
334 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724
United States



    Register/more info

    Registration in advance through Eventbrite is required | $25