Pairing Online Content With Your Engineer-it Kit and DNA Playground

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We often get asked whether Amino Labs is developing curriculum and courseware for use with our products and the answer is yes, and stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, we did a review of online lectures that relate to DNA, biochemistry, and biotechnology and found some great resources. As you go through these resources, if you feel overwhelmed, that something was not covered, or was confusing, comment below or email us.

The first three steps are quick primers that help establish some vocabulary and the primary resources we recommend is OCW lecture series.

 

Step 1: The Foundation of Chemistry

Atoms, molecules, chemistry, and bonds are the basis of material existence. We and all biological things are made of and defined by chemistry.

Learning a little bit about chemistry will also build important vocabulary that is used in biology. As you’ll see, the main lecture series we recommend is biochemistry! The chemistry of biological systems. Check out this series on Chemistry:

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/atomic-structure-and-properties/introduction-to-the-atom/v/introduction-to-chemistry

 

 

Step 2: Introduction to Cells

Now that you have a foundation of chemistry, lets begin to look at cells. This short series includes discussions about the size and theory of cells.

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/structure-of-a-cell/introduction-to-cells/v/scale-of-cells

 

Step 3: A little more about deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

This short series discusses DNA.

Note: that the discovery “inheritance” wasn’t due to the discovery of the structure of DNA, it was almost 10 years earlier by Avery-MacLeod-McCarty.

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/classical-genetics/molecular-basis-of-genetics-tutorial/v/dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid

Also check out: https://amino.bio/blogs/news/what-is-dna-1

 

Step 4: MIT OpenCourseware Undergraduate Biochemistry

This lecture series filmed around 2002 includes an accessible yet comprehensive account of the general principles that apply to biological systems. The entire course includes 35 lectures all of which are ~40 minutes long. Completing up to Lecture 18 is sufficient to provide context for the hands on activities Amino Labs offers. For this reason Lectures 1-18 are below:

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/biology/7-012-introduction-to-biology-fall-2004/video-lectures/lecture-1-introduction/

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