Full STEAM ahead with the Engineer-it Kit. Add DNA from sea creatures to bacteria and see them change color!
This kit contains all ingredients needed to grow and engineer bacteria with DNA to create color pigments.
Learn genetic engineering hands-on using an Engineer-it Kit. At the end of this life science project, you'll have grown and engineered bacteria to produce something for you -- a colorful bio-pigment! After you’ve completed the Engineer-it Kit, you can use follow-on kits, like the Keep-it Kit to save your work, or Plate Extract-it Kit to break open the cells to extract your engineered creation. A perfect way for beginners and experts alike to do fun and safe biotechnology experiments at home, in the classroom, the makerspace, community center, or in a local biohacking DIYbio lab!
The Engineer-it Kit and the Engineer-it kit virtual simulator form the core of the hands-on experiment in Chapter 4 of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero: The beginner's guide book. The 'fundamentals' section of Chapter 4 teaches you about cell theory, DNA plasmids, and how bacteria read and write DNA programs. Learn about Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero, the world's first beginner's guide to programming biology, and the Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero learning journey!
If you haven't already, you may want to consider starting with the Canvas Kit, a fun bioart kit to learn how to grow cells, which is the basis for Chapter 3 of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero. Once you've grown cells, you should move on to the Engineer-it Kit to complete your first genetic engineering experiment!
You can also have a look at our course on Udemy which will guide you through the Engineer-it Kit experience and provides confidence, context, and theory.
Unsure what biotechnology and genetic engineering are? Have a look at our short"What is Biotechnology? Genetic Engineering?" post. And remember, no prior knowledge or skills are necessary to get started with Amino Labs beginner's biotechnology kits!
To complete this experiment, you will need to have access to either the DNA Playground or, if you have your own laboratory equipment, a 30 to 37°C incubator, a hot water bath with thermometer, crushed ice & ice bucket. You can also have a look at the instruction manual to learn how to make your own hot water bath/incubator. Note that your experiment result may vary based on how reliable you make your own equipment.
Cleaning and safety supplies are not included in the kit. Necessary safety and cleaning supplies are latex or nitrile gloves, and a chlorinated bleach cleaner or a 10% solution of chlorinated bleach in a spray bottle (you can make this by adding 9 parts water to 1 part bleach in a spray bottle). You can add a Mini Safety Set to your kit which includes gloves and a reusable plastic apron to protect your clothes.
For more information about safety, set up and clean up, you can have a look at the instruction manual for the experiment linked in the Ressources section below, and at the "Practicing safe science" page.
Experiment kits are shipped 1-5 working days after you place your order. If you require yours for a specific date or event, please contact us before or with your order # so that we can try to make it happen for you! ☺︎
The experiment kit(s) must be refrigerated upon arrival for best shelf life. If your experiment kits stay at room temperature before you collect it from your mailbox/mailroom/etc, that's ok! As long as kits do not freeze, and they are stored in a refrigerator if you are not using it right away, there's no need to worry. If you do not have access to a refrigerator to store your kit, use it as soon as possible, and place it in a cool dark place until use.
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