Programming Biology, aka "Genetic Engineering" is when you change the DNA of an organism to do fun or important things

Why Program Biology?

Insulin was discovered as the cure for diabetes in the 1920s. After this discovery insulin was collected from the pancreases of barn yard animals. The organs were ground up, the insulin extracted and purified, and injected into people. This saved many lives but there were complications because people were getting animal insulin and not human insulin, and the human body treated it as such.

In the 1970's some scientists asked the question - "what if we put the DNA that codes for human insulin in a bacteria and asked the bacteria to produce human insulin for us?". They did the experiments and then "brewed" up bacteria that produced human insulin in large reactors. Fast forward to today, more than 150,000,000 doses of insulin are made in this way every year. Human insulin is brewed in microorganisms in large reactors, just like beer and wine are brewed in large reactors. Insulin is only one example of thousands of important things made using biology.

Amino Labs is made for beginners to start their journey:

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Follow-on kits to keep learning
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Glowing, Color-changing bacteria will inspire your family to see the world differently

Practical hands-on skills are essential to science

“Practical hands-on skills are essential to engaging kids in science and the Amino Labs has made it easy for the kids to see what is possible in the growing field of genetic engineering. " - Michael Hirsch, Middle School Teacher

The Bioexplorer™ starter set

My son excitedly showed me the blue spots on the agar, and explained what was going on

"The experiment worked! Last night my son excitedly showed me the blue spots on the agar, and explained what was going on. He’s super-enthused, and is already planning his next experiment. I asked him “after doing this experiment, are you more interested in genetics or less interested?”, and his immediate response was “MUCH MORE!" You guys have really created something great here" - Paul D., proud father of a future geneticist

the DNA Playground™ Starter set

The future belongs to 6 year olds, and the DNA Playground is a tool to help them get good at creating it.

“The biotechnology revolution is about where the computer revolution was in 1980, but instead of personal computers, 21st century whiz kids are tinkering with what makes bacteria tick. This kind of fun and creative play sets up future scientists to cure diseases, save the environment, and feed the world. The future belongs to 6 year olds, and the DNA Playground is a tool to help them get good at creating it. ” - Raymond McCauley, Singularity University

The DNA Playground™ starter set

I was successful at first try.

"I couldn't wait to try out the DNA playground and kits, but didn't expect it would be so easy and fast. I set it up on my desk at the office and ran through the protocols in between other work tasks. To my delight, I was successful at first try. With no need for pipettes or other expensive lab equipment, and no need for growing up cells before transformation, and with temperature switches so smooth and precise, I was able to put a new DNA program inside bacteria in record time. " - Magda Pop

The DNA Playground™ starter set

Our students enjoy the experience so much

"Amino Labs is the most reliable genetic engineering experience we have had.  Our students enjoy the experience so much that they regularly ask to share this technology by demonstrating with bio-painting events.  Superior student usability of the DNA Playground™ is key to their successful experiences." - Luc Arvisais, Junior/High school teacher

THE DNA Playground™ starter set

Looking for an inspiring, affordable gift?

Gift the Engineer-it Kit this holiday and give lasting scientific wonder!  Each $33 Engineer-it kit lets your family create glowing colored bacteria with Jellyfish or Coral DNA using real-world science. The kits can be done using items from around the house by anyone aged 12+, no minilab necessary! As easy as making Jell-o, sastifaction guaranteed 

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our best selling beginner's starter pack: Experiment kit and a minilab:

DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack
DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack

DNA Playground™ - Beginner Starter Pack

Start the journey into genetic engineering and Making with Biology™ with the intuitive equipment and kits that helps you engineer and grow bacteria like a professional. This starter pack has everything needed to do hands-on genetic engineering:  make bacteria create pigments! 

The DNA playground™ starter pack enables you to insert DNA programs into bacteria efficiently and without a mess. For teachers, students, and makers. The DNA Playground™ works with the Engineer-it Kit™ so that you can engineer bacteria to create colours, dyes, and more. It can be used at home or by educators in schools as a personal and engaging alternative to traditionally large, expensive, and complex lab equipment. DNA Playgrounds reduce genetic engineering class set-up and clean-up time from an hour+ to a few minutes. Get rid of messy ice and water! 

  • (1) DNA Playground™:  the easy-to-use biolab for engineering and growing microorganisms. The DNA Playground can be purchased with or without WiFi capability to give you access to our upcoming online data viewer: see what is happening on your Playground from afar, save experiment data and share results (wifi coming in 2018). 
  • (1) Engineer-it Kit™: all the ingredients needed to create an engineered organisms. Engineer-it Kits come in Individuals (one try) or Group kits (up to 32 tries in groups of 4) at engineering a DNA program into a cell. 
  • Instructions: a manual with easy to understand vocabulary and step by step procedures and the online simulation experiment simulation to practice with, teach you fundamentals and guide you along the way. 

DNA Playground™

Self-contained system: No need to source and buy heated water baths, ice buckets and ice, incubator and thermometers. The DNA Playground™ is a playful collection of all the equipment you need to engineer and grow cells in Petri dishes.
Compact: Easily perform bacterial transformations from the comfort of your desk.
Interested in a modular system: Express interest by email info@amino.bio
Complements the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-7& HS-LS1-1, HS-LS1-6, HS-LS3-1
Each DNA Playground™ can do up to 4 simultaneous transformations.

The DNA Playground replaces the need for:

  • Ice/Ice buckets
  • Hot water bath
  • Thermometer
  • Incubator
  • Timer

If you're an educator familiar with genetic engineer experiments, the DNA Playgrounds™ will empower and engage your students as they control and monitor the temperature stations via the touchscreen. If you're an educator who has never done genetic engineering before, these kits are designed for you. All you have to do is try, and you'll be pleasantly surprised with your life science skills!

DNA Playground™
Dimensions 12 x 4 x 8 in
Weight: 1.4 Kg

Power
Voltage: 110-250 V
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Average power: 100 W
Peak power: 750 W

Operating environment
Temperature: 16 - 25 C
Humidity: 20 - 90 %
Altitude: 3,000 m

Connectivity
Network wifi: 802.11n (coming in 2018)
Touchscreen: 4.3 inch, capacitive

Tube Heating/Cooling Stations
Tube Cooling Station: 1 - 5 C
Tube Heating Station: 37/42 C
Temperature sensors (4):
Cold Tube Station (1), +/- 0.1 C @ 1 C
Heat shock station (1), +/- 0.1 C @ 42 C

Engineer-it Kit™
Engineer-it kits are a general experience that can be used as a hands-on activity to complement various modules from middle school to high school. They allow for scaffolded learning and Engineer-it Kits™ are also used in technical colleges and universities.
Self-contained kit: No need to source and buy reagents, chemicals, and consumables. The Engineer-it Kit™ is a convenient collection of all that is needed to engineer and grow cells in Petri dishes.
All reagents tubes are color-coded for ease of use and include illustrated simple procedure.
2 convenient formats: 

Individual kit -  One try, can be done by individuals, groups, family. 

Group kit - Eight transformation tries with 1 shared DNA program - can be done individually or in groups up to 4.

Choose from one of 10 pigments :
Blue, Blueberry Blue, Violet, Orange, Teal, Purple

Fluorescent: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Raspberry Red 

All Engineer-it Kits™ are Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1), meaning they do not require any special containment in North America (you can do it at home, school, etc.). If you are outside of North America, some regulations may apply, please check with your local public health office. Note: that immunocompromised individuals should always take extra precautions.
Complements the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-8, HS-LS1-1, HS-LS3-1, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5

 

Wondering how it works?

Try the free Virtual Bioengineer™ simulation for an overview of the procedure and some scientific tips, tricks and knowledge.

View the full, real-time walkthrough with our Scientist below and browse our friendly DNA Playground™ user manual

 

Ships in 1-3 working days. DNA Playground™ colors may vary. If you require yours for a specific date or event, please contact us prior to, or with your order # so that we can make it happen for you! ☺︎ 

Overview

Start the journey into genetic engineering and Making with Biology™ with the intuitive equipment and kits that helps you engineer and grow bacteria like a professional. This starter pack has everything needed to do hands-on genetic engineering:  make bacteria create pigments! 

The DNA playground™ starter pack enables you to insert DNA programs into bacteria efficiently and without a mess. For teachers, students, and makers. The DNA Playground™ works with the Engineer-it Kit™ so that you can engineer bacteria to create colours, dyes, and more. It can be used at home or by educators in schools as a personal and engaging alternative to traditionally large, expensive, and complex lab equipment. DNA Playgrounds reduce genetic engineering class set-up and clean-up time from an hour+ to a few minutes. Get rid of messy ice and water! 

What's included

  • (1) DNA Playground™:  the easy-to-use biolab for engineering and growing microorganisms. The DNA Playground can be purchased with or without WiFi capability to give you access to our upcoming online data viewer: see what is happening on your Playground from afar, save experiment data and share results (wifi coming in 2018). 
  • (1) Engineer-it Kit™: all the ingredients needed to create an engineered organisms. Engineer-it Kits come in Individuals (one try) or Group kits (up to 32 tries in groups of 4) at engineering a DNA program into a cell. 
  • Instructions: a manual with easy to understand vocabulary and step by step procedures and the online simulation experiment simulation to practice with, teach you fundamentals and guide you along the way. 

Equipment Features 

DNA Playground™

Self-contained system: No need to source and buy heated water baths, ice buckets and ice, incubator and thermometers. The DNA Playground™ is a playful collection of all the equipment you need to engineer and grow cells in Petri dishes.
Compact: Easily perform bacterial transformations from the comfort of your desk.
Interested in a modular system: Express interest by email info@amino.bio
Complements the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-7& HS-LS1-1, HS-LS1-6, HS-LS3-1
Each DNA Playground™ can do up to 4 simultaneous transformations.

The DNA Playground replaces the need for:

  • Ice/Ice buckets
  • Hot water bath
  • Thermometer
  • Incubator
  • Timer

If you're an educator familiar with genetic engineer experiments, the DNA Playgrounds™ will empower and engage your students as they control and monitor the temperature stations via the touchscreen. If you're an educator who has never done genetic engineering before, these kits are designed for you. All you have to do is try, and you'll be pleasantly surprised with your life science skills!

Tech Specs

DNA Playground™
Dimensions 12 x 4 x 8 in
Weight: 1.4 Kg

Power
Voltage: 110-250 V
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Average power: 100 W
Peak power: 750 W

Operating environment
Temperature: 16 - 25 C
Humidity: 20 - 90 %
Altitude: 3,000 m

Connectivity
Network wifi: 802.11n (coming in 2018)
Touchscreen: 4.3 inch, capacitive

Tube Heating/Cooling Stations
Tube Cooling Station: 1 - 5 C
Tube Heating Station: 37/42 C
Temperature sensors (4):
Cold Tube Station (1), +/- 0.1 C @ 1 C
Heat shock station (1), +/- 0.1 C @ 42 C

Experiment Kit Features 

Engineer-it Kit™
Engineer-it kits are a general experience that can be used as a hands-on activity to complement various modules from middle school to high school. They allow for scaffolded learning and Engineer-it Kits™ are also used in technical colleges and universities.
Self-contained kit: No need to source and buy reagents, chemicals, and consumables. The Engineer-it Kit™ is a convenient collection of all that is needed to engineer and grow cells in Petri dishes.
All reagents tubes are color-coded for ease of use and include illustrated simple procedure.
2 convenient formats: 

Individual kit -  One try, can be done by individuals, groups, family. 

Group kit - Eight transformation tries with 1 shared DNA program - can be done individually or in groups up to 4.

Choose from one of 10 pigments :
Blue, Blueberry Blue, Violet, Orange, Teal, Purple

Fluorescent: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Raspberry Red 

All Engineer-it Kits™ are Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1), meaning they do not require any special containment in North America (you can do it at home, school, etc.). If you are outside of North America, some regulations may apply, please check with your local public health office. Note: that immunocompromised individuals should always take extra precautions.
Complements the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-8, HS-LS1-1, HS-LS3-1, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5

 

Ressources & Instructions

Wondering how it works?

Try the free Virtual Bioengineer™ simulation for an overview of the procedure and some scientific tips, tricks and knowledge.

View the full, real-time walkthrough with our Scientist below and browse our friendly DNA Playground™ user manual

 

Shipping

Ships in 1-3 working days. DNA Playground™ colors may vary. If you require yours for a specific date or event, please contact us prior to, or with your order # so that we can make it happen for you! ☺︎ 

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With our easy to follow instructions, safe science guidelines, real-time videos, short articles and quick customer support, there is no need to worry about completing Amino Labs kits safely at home or in a classroom.

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Amino labs' in the press:

Wired Magazine

"A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING...EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GROW AND TINKER WITH A MICROORGANISM"

MIT Admissions

"A GREAT SYNTHESIS OF THE OVERALL STRATEGY OF LEARNING-BY-DOING WITH MIT'S HISTORIC STRENGTHS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY"

6th Graders at acera school

"THE INSTRUCTIONS MADE THE EXPERIMENT REALLY EASY TO UNDERSTAND. ... I WAS SO INTRIGUED"

SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY

"BIOLOGY IS A POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY, IF WE CAN HARNESS IT, WE CAN USE IT TO CREATE AND BUILD THINGS WE NEED"