Genes in a Bottle™ Kit

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Kit Contents (sufficient materials for 9 student workstations with 2–4 students per workstation)
1 DNA Extraction Module
Lysis buffer, 100 ml 1
Powdered protease + salt, 1.5 g 1
Conical tubes, 15 ml 50
Multicolor microcentrifuge tubes 60
Disposable plastic transfer pipets 60
Curriculum (includes teacher guide, student manual, and graphic quick guide) 1
1 DNA Helix Necklace Module
Helix vials 36
Screw caps 36
Cord 36
Required Accessories Not Included in Kit
91% isopropyl alcohol or 95% ethanol, 360 ml 1
Recommended (Optional) Accessories
Water bath with thermometer 1
Beaker or rack to hold 15-ml tubes in water bath (need space for 36 tubes) 1
Genes in a Bottle™ Kit Flowchart
Key Kit Features
  • Perform real research techniques
  • Collect cheek cells
  • Extract, precipitate, and bottle your DNA
  • Use as introductory or capstone activity
  • Complete in one 45-minute laboratory session
Curriculum Fit
Curriculum Fit
DNA Extraction

How do scientists separate pure DNA from cells composed mainly of lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, and salts? Membranes are first ruptured with detergents to release DNA into a solution, then proteins and other organic molecules are digested and separated while retaining intact DNA. The DNA is finally collected by precipitation in a form that can be manipulated as desired.

With this simple laboratory activity, your students will extract genomic DNA from their own cheek cells and watch it precipitate from solution as floating white strands. The DNA strands are then easily collected and transferred to a helix vial, and the vial is fashioned into a necklace!

Genes in a Bottle DNA Extraction Pendant
Floating white strands of DNA.
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Genes in a Bottle™ Kit

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Genes in a Bottle™ Fund-raising Activity

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New Screw Cap Genes in a Bottle Necklaces!
Gone are the days of sticky superglue and glass vials. Our new crystal clear plastic helix-shaped vials have a screw cap making necklace assembly faster and easier than ever.

 

Introduce your students to molecular biology with their own DNA using the Genes in a Bottle™ Kit. Enable your students to see the normally invisible substance of life and begin to comprehend the meaning of their own genetic makeup. In this activity, students employ the same real-world laboratory procedure used in a variety of biotechnology research applications to extract DNA from many different organisms. Students extract genomic DNA from their own cheek cells, then precipitate and bottle it in a cool helix-shaped necklace. From cell structure to genetics to the chemistry of life, this kit integrates multiple life science standards in a single lesson.

Features and Benefits

  • Can be used as an introductory or capstone activity
  • Requires no special equipment or stains

With this kit, students are able to:

  • Perform real research techniques
  • Collect cheek cells, then extract, precipitate, and bottle their DNA

Applications and Uses

This kit offers learning opportunities for all levels of instruction.

  • For middle school students, it's a perfect introduction to the exciting world of DNA science
  • For secondary and college level instruction, lessons on DNA structure and function, cell structure, and enzyme function can be introduced or reinforced with this laboratory

More Information

  • Contains 1 DNA Extraction Module and 1 DNA Helix Necklace Module
  • Includes a 2-session laboratory activity (45 min per session)
  • Provides sufficient materials for 9 student workstations (makes 36 necklaces)

NEW! Home Edition Genes in a Bottle Kit — Now Available
Everything you need for two (2) people to isolate and make a unique DNA necklace. The kit includes 7 activities and educational instructions for a fun, hands-on activity to learn about DNA, genetics, and heredity.

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Information for Retailers
If you’re interested in selling the Home Edition Genes in a Bottle kits, please contact us at biotechnology_explorer@bio-rad.com.

Kit Contents Kit contains sufficient materials for 8 student workstations (2–4 students per workstation)
DNA Extraction Module 1
Lysis buffer, 100 ml 1
Powdered protease + salt, 1.5 g 1
Conical tubes, 15 ml 50
Multicolor microcentrifuge tubes 60
Disposable plastic transfer pipets 60
Curriculum 1 (includes teacher guide, student manual, and graphic quick guide)
DNA Helix Necklace Module 1
Helix vials 36
Screw caps 36
Cord 36
Genes In a Bottle™ Kit

166-2300EDU
Introductory DNA classroom study kit, includes buffer, protease + salt, test tubes/holders, disposable pipets, curriculum, and all materials to make DNA necklaces, for 36 students; education use only

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3059 Instruction Manual, Genes in a Bottle Kit Quick Guide, Biotechnology Explorer, Rev B Click to download
10030953 Instruction Manual, Genes in a Bottle Kit DNA Helix Necklace Module, Biotechnology Explorer, Rev A Click to download
4110034 Instruction Manual, Genes in a Bottle Kit DNA Extraction Module, Biotechnology Explorer, Rev D Please login to download this document
5872 Biotechnology Explorer Refresh Kit Components Purchasing Guide, Rev A Click to download
5903 Genes in a Bottle Kit: How to Turn a Science Experiment into a Fund-raiser, Rev A Click to download