Mystery of the Crooked Cell

Mystery of the Crooked Cell Mystery of the Crooked Cell is an activity developed by MDBio Foundation to help students explore genetic diseases and tracing genetics through the use of Punnett squares and gel electrophoresis. Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease that is passed down to an individual from their parents. The disease causes…

Looking Into Lactase

Looking Into Lactase Looking into Lactase is an activity developed by MDBio Foundation for the exploration of enzymatic activity by investigating the mechanism behind lactose intolerance. Lactase deficiency, also known as lactose intolerance, is a condition caused by an absence of the enzyme lactase, a digestive enzyme found in the human body. Since the human body…

DNA Extraction

DNA Extraction   The DNA Extraction lab is an activity developed to help student explore the scientific method. Students will extract DNA from a plant to determine whether or not it's fruit is biotic. All living things are made of cells. Most cells contain deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, the blueprint of all living things. In prokaryotes (single-celled organisms such…

Case of the Broken Beaker

Case of the Broken Beaker Case of the Broken Beaker is an activity developed by MdBio Foundation to help students explore the use of DNA profiling and gel electrophoresis. In this lab, students will use restriction enzymes and agarose gel electrophoresis to create a genetic profile. DNA profiling is a technique frequently used for solving…

Biodiesel Lab

The Biodiesel Lab Summary The Biodiesel Lab is an activity developed by MdBio Foundation to help students explore the process of titration and its role in creating biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel fuel is created from vegetable oil through a chemical process called transesterification. Unfortunately, the transesterification reaction is very sensitive to the presence of free fatty acids…