Note:This kit can be modified to accommodate at-home use as well as individual workstations in socially-distanced classrooms.
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COVID-19 Hands-On Lesson Now Available
Teach the science behind SARS-CoV-2 antibody detection methods
using the ELISA Immuno Explorer Kit
Explore how antibodies are used in a real-world diagnostic assay
Use the ELISA Immuno Explorer Kit to teach your students how antibodies and the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) are used to detect microbial and viral infections (such as those that cause COVID-19, HIV, or the flu), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or molecular markers that enable diagnosis of cancer, pregnancy, or drug use.
This classroom lab activity connects multiple content areas, including the immune response, protein structure and function, and enzyme-substrate interactions, to illustrate how this use of antibodies has revolutionized medicine, epidemiology, agriculture, and life science research.
View our ELISA Guide to learn more about this technique.
The ELISA Immuno Explorer Kit allows you to choose one of several different activities to teach your students how protein structure and enzyme-substrate interactions help detect viruses (such as those that cause COVID-19, HIV, or the flu), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the molecular markers of cancer, pregnancy, or drug use.
Choose the test most relevant to your course:
- Track a disease outbreak
- Detect antigens (for example, virus, pregnancy hormone, drug, or disease detection)
- Detect antibodies (past exposure to virus or other disease)
Optional lab activities not included in the instruction manual include:
Each activity can be completed within a single 45-min laboratory. To explore how ELISA is used to track levels of reproductive hormones in the context of species conservation efforts, see our Giant Panda Problem Kit for AP Biology.
ELISA Paper Model Activity
Your students can use this paper model activity alongside the videos or animations to get a solid grasp of the components of an ELISA and how they work together in antibody/antigen detection.
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