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Discover Award-winning biology minilabs & kits for innovators, aged 12+

Genetic engineering Starter Kits from $380

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"

Amino Labs' ALL-IN-ONE KITS FOR GENETIC ENGINEERING

Bacteria are beautiful and strange—and they're also part of a revolution in sustainable advancements across food science, energy, health, and materials— Let your family and students become the innovators of tomorrow by learning today!

Get your hands on all the software, hardware and ingredients needed to experience genetic engineering simply and safely at home, school or the office with our starter kits.

PREPARE WITH THE FREE VIRTUAL BIOENGINEER™

Thousands of students and at-home learners have used the Virtual Bioengineer™ to learn and practice genetic engineering prior to hands-on experiments. Free, quick, and at the end of the journey, students receive a certificate they can print and proudly display on the fridge.

Grab your laptop and try it now - can be done in 10-20 minutes

Try Virtual Bioengineer™

ENGINEER-IT KITS™ ARE ALL OF THE "WET" INGREDIENTS NEEDED

Engineer-it Kits are designed for students, makers, and teachers and include all the "wetware" ingredients needed to do hands-on genetic engineering! 

No need for pipets, tips, or tubes - all ingredients you need are included in the kits. Using a DNA Playground or BioExplorer makes it more fun and simple!

What CAN I ENGINEER CELLS TO DO?

ENGINEER MICROBES WITH EQUIPMENT DESIGNED FOR YOU

Fits on your desktop! The DNA Playground and BioExplorer are the first biology lab equipment designed and built for students and at-home learners aged 12 and up.

Lab equipment is no longer large, expensive, complex or reserved for universities and industries. DNA Playground and BioExplorer have perfect compatibility with Engineer-it Kits. 

GET ONE FOR YOUR DESK

Follow on kits to go further & make with biology

With kits like the Canvas Kit made for creating living painting with your colored bacteria, the Keep-it Kit to encass these and your Engineer-it Kit result in resin for everlasting mementos, and the Extract-it Kit to get the pigments OUT of the bacteria for watercolor painting and fabric dyeing, the ways to create with your colors are endless. 

Biotech is the tech of the 21st Century

Discover the possibilities

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

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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

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Our students enjoy the experience so much that they regularly ask to share this technology

"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

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we need well designed tools like the BioExplorer™

“Kids are now “playing” with computers at a very young age, and some of them are world-class programmers by the time they hit their teens. If we want to solve big global problems like hunger, disease, cancer… we need kids playing with genetics like they do with computers. This means we need well designed tools like the DNA Playground™ and BioExplorer™ to enable teens to master the science now and not wait for university” - Raymond McCauley, Singularity University

The BioExplorer™ starter set
Amino Labs

Practical hands-on skills is essential to science

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

The Bioexplorer™ starter set
Amino Labs

The "Hello, world" of Genetic Engineering in one weekend:

Make your own Glowing, Color-changing bacteria and see the world differently

experience it all with THE DNA PLAYGROUND STARTER SET, our best selling beginners' set

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DNA Playground™ Starter Set

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 set has everything needed to do hands-on genetic engineering:  make bacteria create pigments! 

The DNA playground™ starter set 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 2-10 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 set has everything needed to do hands-on genetic engineering:  make bacteria create pigments! 

The DNA playground™ starter set 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 2-10 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! ☺︎ 

Curious to Learn and improve your science skills before you get your set?

Browse our easy to follow instructions, real-time videos and short articles

View the Instruction Manuals

Follow real-time tutorials

Follow along and make your engineered bacteria creations

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