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Course | Biotechnology

Health Sciences

Biotechnology is a lab course designed to introduce learners to the scope of biotech research and product development across many fields. The course covers proper lab techniques and record-keeping with a scientific notebook and various gel electrophoresis methods and restriction enzyme digestion. Learners explore the ethical issues in applied biotech and the rights and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in the development, production, and use of biotechnology products. Learners research and analyze the feasibility of developing a new biotechnology product. Note: One year each of Biology and Chemistry are prerequisites for this course.

Planning Tools

PLANNING TOOLS provides a guide to course implementation, including scope and sequence, lesson plans, and the culminating project overview.

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Sorting Out DNA

An interactive tour of the DNA double helix, students are able to manipulate their progress through this fascinating exploration of DNA

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 Biotechnology Lab Practice
Unit 3 DNA Technology
Unit 4 Biotechnology Industry
Unit 5 Careers and Culminating Project

Featured Resources

Amgen Biotech Experiences

Lab-based Investigations

Labs designed to introduce students to biotech techniques and concepts through recombinant DNA technology.

Create a Vaccine!


Students design a sequence of experiments to generate a coronavirus vaccine from LabXchange @ Harvard

Transforming Bacteria


Students practice transforming bacterial cells with a recombinant plasmid using the heat shock method from...

DNA Learning Center

Virtual Lab Demos

An extensive library of virtual educational resources dedicated to DNA and Genetics research

Become a Bio-Activist!


Students can get involved in supporting biotech causes

Phage Invaders


Defend the city of Bacterium from viral annihilation. Players progress through increasingly harder levels and...

Are You a BioGENEius?


The BioGENEius Challenge is an opportunity to compete with some of the brightest scientific minds in the world. ...

Gel Electrophoresis


Sort and measure DNA strands by running your gel electrophoresis experiment. This highly engaging module enables...

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