Microbes and Health Kit

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Description

Description

The Microbes and Health Kit allows you to set up a scenario in which students get to discover the cause of a new disease called "Yogurtness" — an affliction of "healthy" milk that causes it to become acidic and thick. What causes Yogurtness?™ Your students join Robert Koch, Louis Pasteur, and the founders of modern microbiology in a thrilling search to find the bacterial culprit behind this new disease. Using microscopes, agar plates, and their powers of observation, students identify the bacteria used to produce yogurt.

Features and Benefits

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

  • Examine metabolism, cellular chemistry, and the role of bacteria in both disease and food microbiology
  • Follow Koch's postulates to identify the causative agent for disease
  • Isolate and culture yogurt-causing bacteria
  • Learn microbiology skills and sterile technique

This kit is appropriate for biology, microbiology, health sciences, and biotechnology classes, or can be used for independent study.

Background Information

Enzyme-catalyzed chemical reactions in bacteria provide energy for the bacteria as they change food into secreted waste products. In some cases, bacterial waste products create foods and nutrients for people; in other cases they cause disease. For a long time, biotechnology has utilized friendly bacteria in the production of foods such as cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, coffee, sour cream, vinegar, sausage, and yogurt. Other bacteria cause cholera, typhus, leprosy, tuberculosis, and anthrax. In this laboratory activity, students examine both the risks and benefits of bacteria to better understand their role in disease and food production.

More Information

  • Three–session laboratory activity, 45 min per session
  • Provides sufficient materials for eight student workstations, up to four students per workstation

Specifications

Specifications

Kit contains sufficient materials for 8 student workstations (2–4 students per workstation)
 
Ampicillin, lyophilized
2
LB nutrient agar powder
1
LB broth capsules
12
E. coli strain HB101 K-12, lyophilized
1
Petri dishes, 60 mm, sterile
40
Cell culture tubes, 15 ml, sterile
75
Inoculation loops, sterile
80
Disposable plastic transfer pipets
10
Curriculum, including teacher's guide, student manual, and graphic quick guide
1

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1665030EDU
Microbiology classroom study kit, includes ampicillin, LB nutrient agar and broth, E. coli strain HB101 K-12, curriculum, and more, for 32 students; education use only

Refills

Refills

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Consumables refill kit for use with Microbial Culturing kit (#166-5020EDU), contains ampicillin, LB broth capsules and nutrient agar powder, E. coli strain HB101 K-12; education use only
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Lyophilized bacterial strain; education use only
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(Discontinued) Ampicillin
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30 mg, lyophilized reagent, antibiotic for use with the pGLO™ Bacterial Transformation Kit (#166-0003EDU); education use only
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(Discontinued) LB Agar Powder
1660600EDU
20 g, makes forty 60 mm agar plates; education use only
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500 g, makes one thousand
60 mm agar plates; education use only
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(Discontinued) Petri Dishes
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Pkg of 500, 60 mm x 15 mm, sterile; education use only
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(Discontinued) Inoculation Loops
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Pkg of 100, 10 μl, sterile; education use only
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Pkg of 500, sterile; education use only
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(Discontinued) Cell Culture Tubes
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Pkg of 25, 17 x 100, 14 ml, sterile; education use only

Documents

Documents

Number Description Options
5738
Microbes and Health Kit, Biotechnology Explorer, Quick Guide, Rev A
L1665031
Microbes and Health Kit, What Causes Yogurtness? Biotechnology Explorer™, Instruction Manual, Rev A
5891
Refresh Kit Components — Large Class/Multiple Class Preparation Guide