Engineer living colors, smells, enzymes and more...

You can now learn and program bacteria at home, school or the makerspace. No prior knowledge or skills necessary!

On average, college education costs $35,000 without room and board. Prepare your teens or students by helping to find their passion now.

You can explore science and genetic engineering with teens as young as 12 years old. With just a few hundred of dollars in just a few weeks, this is your teen learner's chance to experience what a STEM career is actually like. 

Every scientist and engineer starts out as a beginner

Let the book guide you

Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero is the world's first hands-on and theory guide that takes you from beginner to Genetic Engineering Hero in weeks! Discover and extract DNA, tour the 'micro-factories' that are bacteria, establish your home or school lab safely, learn to grow and engineer cells, and extract proteins with the Three steps to Microfacturing. Each chapter is also aligned to hands-on experiment kits.

See the world differently, one chapter at a time. 

See What's in the book

Through hands-on learning

Develop professional skills by completing hands-on activities. Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero is your guide to using Amino Labs ecosystem of equipment and kits. Living paintings, glowing bacteria, engineered smells, mini-lava lamps, light and heat-controlled bacteria, and more. At the end of this journey, you too will be transformed!

Start with a DNA Playground Starter Pack or a Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Kit Pack

See our Kit packs

Amazing tool for budding bioengineers

"My daughter got hooked on CRISPR and bioengineering this year for her Gr 7 science fair. If only we'd known about DNA Playground then! With it, she can now conduct experiments in 2 to 3 days that took 2 weeks in our makeshift lab. The instructions by Amino are clearly designed by top-tier educators. They are user friendly, easy to follow, well laid-out and give you insights into the science behind the experiments. The product design is fun and outstanding. And as a parent, I am really impressed by Amino's emphasis on biosafety."
Jim R. Father of a future Genetic Engineer

Amino Labs made it easy for the kids to discover Genetic Engineering

“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

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

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!"
Paul D. Father of a future Genetic Engineer

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 - STEM Community Leader

The future belongs to kids. 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 kids year olds, and the DNA Playground is a tool to help them get good at creating it. ”
- Raymond McCauley, Singularity University

Amazing tool for budding bioengineers

"My daughter got hooked on CRISPR and bioengineering this year for her Gr 7 science fair. If only we'd known about DNA Playground then! With it, she can now conduct experiments in 2 to 3 days that took 2 weeks in our makeshift lab. The instructions are clearly designed by top-tier educators. They are user friendly, easy to follow, well laid-out and give you insights into the science behind the experiments. The product design is fun and outstanding. And as a parent, I am really impressed by Amino's emphasis on biosafety."
Jim R. Father of a Future Genetic Engineer.

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!"
Paul D., Father of a future Genetic Engineer

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 future belongs to kids. The DNA Playground is the tool to help them create 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

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

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

Synthetic Biology IGEM Genetic Engineer and bio artist using Amino Labs all-in-one DNA Playground Bioexplorer biotechnology kits

More than experiments... Learning to program bacteria can change the world

Genetic Engineering is a powerful science that can solve cancer, hunger, waste and climate change. Learning the skills and concept at a young age ensure the next generation will be able to face the growing challenges of our future.

See what thought leaders have said about their experience with Amino Labs

Because today's adventures in science will create tomorrow's innovators.

Be A Genetic Engineering Hero.