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Biotechnology Laboratory Textbook

Biotechnology: A Laboratory Skills Course

This laboratory textbook has a unique blend of theory, skills, and real world lessons for your course.

ThINQ!™ Investigations for AP and General Biology

ThINQ!™ Investigation Kits for AP Biology

Investigation kits aligned to AP Biology. Encourage students to design quantitative experiments through student-directed, inquiry-based learning.

Cloning and Sequencing Explorer Series

Cloning and Sequencing Explorer Series

Modular multiweek molecular biology laboratory course focused on GAPDH gene cloning and analysis

Nucleic Acid Extraction Module

Module teaches students how to extract genomic DNA from plant tissues using an optimized protocol


Module designed to amplify a portion of the GAPC gene, a housekeeping gene in the GAPDH family, from a plant

Electrophoresis Module

Reagent packs for DNA analysis, available in small, medium, and large sizes, allow the analysis of the GAPC gene

PCR Kleen™ Spin Purification Module

Module uses size exclusion chromatography to demonstrate the removal of unincorporated nucleotides and salts from PCR products

Ligation and Transformation Module

Students directly clone their purified PCR products in a vector and then use it to transform bacteria

Microbial Culturing Module

Contains the reagents necessary to teach basic sterile technique as well as the transformation and culturing of E. coli

Aurum™ Plasmid Mini Purification Module

Module demonstrates the purification of plasmid DNA from transformed bacteria using an alkaline lysis procedure and mini column chromatography

Sequencing and Bioinformatics Module

Students will determine and analyze the sequence of a GAPDH gene they have cloned

Protein Expression and Purification Series

Protein Expression and Purification Series

Modular multiclass laboratory course guides students through a protein expression and purification workflow

DNA Analysis Kits and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Kits

IDEA Kit — Inquiry Dye Electrophoresis Activity

Kit covers the basic procedures and skills for performing horizontal agarose gel electrophoresis

STEM Electrophoresis Kit

Kit demonstrates assembly of a horizontal agarose gel electrophoresis cell; used in tandem with IDEA kit

DNA Model

Build a biologically accurate DNA model by easily attaching the foam nucleotide bases, assembling the DNA strands, and then twisting them into the familiar double helix.

Analysis of Precut Lambda DNA Kit

Kit demonstrates basic procedures and principles of DNA gel electrophoresis, an essential technique in forensics

Restriction Digestion and Analysis of Lambda DNA Kit

Kit demonstrates basic procedures for DNA digestion with restriction enzymes and analysis by gel electrophoresis

Forensic DNA Fingerprinting Kit

Using real DNA as evidence, students play the role of crime scene investigator to figure out "Who done it?"

Genes in a Bottle™ Kit

Extract genomic DNA from your own cheek cells, then precipitate and bottle it in a fabulously cool necklace

PCR Amplification Kits

Fish DNA Barcoding Kit

Advanced PCR and DNA sequencing kit for teaching students how to genetically identify fish species

Crime Scene Investigator PCR Basics™ Kit

Introductory kit that allows students to simulate DNA profiling as commonly used in forensic laboratories

Crime Scene Investigator PCR Basics™ Real-Time PCR Starter Kit

Good starting point for teaching real-time PCR to novices so that they become familiar with this valuable technique

GMO Investigator Kit

PCR and DNA electrophoresis are used to test for the presence of two different GMO-associated DNA sequences

GMO Investigator Real-Time PCR Starter Kit

Kit for teaching the principles of PCR and its use in testing foods for the presence of genetic modifications

PV92 PCR Informatics Kit

Kit lets students hunt for a specific Alu repeat within a specific region called PV92 on chromosome 16

Model Organism Kits

C. elegans Behavior Kit

Microbes and Health

Microbes and Health Kit

The chemistry of the bacterial cell is brought into focus in this laboratory kit, as students examine bacteria and their interaction with the environment.

pGLO™ Plasmid and GFP Kits

pGLO™ Bacterial Transformation Kit

Kit teaches students to use GFP constructs to examine the roles of external and internal factors in gene regulation

Green Fluorescent Protein Chromatography Kit

From bacterial transformation to protein purification, learn the process of protein production

Secrets of the Rainforest™ Kit

The kit applies the principles of DNA cloning and protein purification to the process of drug discovery

pGLO™ SDS-PAGE Extension

Kit uses gel electrophoresis to analyze the proteome of bacteria expressing the green fluorescent protein

Protein Analysis Kits

Biofuel Enzyme Kit

With this kit students explore enzyme kinetics through the production of a biofuel with real-world applications, cellulosic ethanol

Comparative Proteomics Kit I: Protein Profiler Module

Module explores molecular evolution employing protein electrophoresis to compare protein profiles on gels

Comparative Proteomics Kit II: Western Blot Module

Module uses western blotting to identify specific proteins in a muscle cell extract from one of several different species of fish

ELISA Immuno Explorer™ Kit

Kit utilizes enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect the presence of an antigen in a sample

Got Protein? Kit

Inquiry-based kit is designed to introduce students to proteomics and teach them to develop protein-based experiments

Size Exclusion Chromatography Kit

Kit teaches the basic principles of size exclusion chromatography by using colored, easily visible proteins

Equipment and Supplies


Instruments and media for teaching the chromatographic purification of proteins and nucleic acids

Electrophoresis and Blotting Apparatus

For teaching essential protein and nucleic acid electrophoretic techniques using state-of-the-art tools.

Electrophoresis Accessories

Gel dryer for agarose and polyacrylamide gels offer a low-cost alternative to expensive gel imaging systems.

General Lab Equipment

Research-quality, general-use laboratory equipment that supports all your basic teaching needs.

Gene Transfer/Transfection

Bio-Rad's products offer choices for transfection to bacterial, plant, fungal, and animal cells


Low- and high-resolution imaging systems for visualizing, analyzing, and archiving electrophoresis results

Lab Packages

Research-quality laboratory equipment packages are perfectly adapted to science education.

PCR Instrumentation

PCR machines and real-time PCR systems are offered to provide students with a real research experience


A selection of high quality plastic consumables designed for research are now available for science education

Power Supplies

Boost classroom performance and energize your teaching lab with Bio-Rad's PowerPac power supplies


Instruments for the quantitation of proteins and nucleic acids or to monitor cell culture growth.


Wide selection of buffers and reagents for various protein, RNA, and DNA applications.

Refresh Kit Components

Home Science Kits

Genes in a Bottle™ Home Science Kit

Extract DNA from your own cheek cells, precipitate and see it, then bottle it in a fabulously cool necklace. Ages 8 and up.

DNA Model

Discover DNA with this friendly, interactive foam model, which makes understanding DNA fun and easy. Ages 8 and up.

The Candy Caper — A Crime Scene Detective Kit

Use real forensic science and biotechnology to crack the case of the stolen cellphones using candy. Ages 14 and up.

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