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Gel Loading Practice MiniLab


Hands-on MiniLabs are a fun and engaging series of gel electrophoresis labs that take students from mastery of basic biotech skills through popular applications of electrophoresis in forensics, DNA fingerprinting, and human genetics, and finally to a challenging, real-world investigation of a foodborne outbreak.

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Students can master loading, handling, and dispensing liquids with micropipettes – essential skills in any biotech lab – with the Gel Loading Practice Kit. Required for first-time micropipette users and strongly recommended for anyone who needs practice pipetting.

  • Learn how to handle and adjust a variable volume micropipette
  • Master pipetting technique with plastic target sheets
  • Develop gel loading skills with a practice agar gels. Practice gels have enough wells that every student can practice until they become confident with the technique
  • Gels can be fitted inside the MiniOne carriage for a real-to-life gel loading experience
  • Optimal for first-time pipette users
  • Store in the refrigerator; guaranteed stable for six months with proper storage

Materials included in each MiniLab

Each MiniLab contains enough materials for 10 workstations, 2 – 3 students per workstation.

  • 20 precast agar gels
  • 20 practice pipetting sheets
  • 2 tubes of dye samples (10 ml each)
  • 1 bag of 1.7 ml microcentrifuge tubes
  • 1 bag of 2-200 µl micropipette tips
  • Teacher’s guide

Teaching resources

Teacher's guide, student guide and classroom handouts to get the most out of your Gel Loading Practice Kit.