General Lab Information


Gene Transfer and Genetic Engineering

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Students use lab techniques to genetically modify bacteria to glow under ultraviolet light to verify the successful transfer of genes. Practical applications of gene transformation technology is in the development of human insulin for diabetics and to create plants that are resistant to pests. 

Vocabulary: ampicillin, antibiotic, green fluorescent protein (GFP), plasmid

Session Information: 

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home. 
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home.  Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.  
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.  
  • Secure link to ZoomGov videoconferencing platform will be provided. 
  • $240 (BOCES-aidable) 
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Contact us to schedule your field trip 

NYS Learning Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

LS3.B: Variation of Traits

LS4.B: Natural Selection

Cause and Effect

Structure and Function


Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

ntermediate Science Core

Process Skills

Major Understandings

Standard 4, 1 Follow safety procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

Standard 1, S2.1a Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques.

Standard 1, S2.1b Conduct an experiment design by others.

Standard 1, S2.1d Use appropriate and conventional techniques to solve problems about the natural world, including: measuring, observing, and describing.

2.1a Hereditary information in contained in genes. Genes are composed of DNA that makes up the chromosomes of cells.

2.1b Each gene carries a single unit of information. A single inherited trait of an individual can be determined by one pair or by many pairs of genes. A human cell contains thousands of different genes.

2.2a In all organisms, genetic traits are passed down from generation to generation.

3.1c Human activities such as selective breeding and advances in genetic engineering may affect the variations of species.

Program Topics

biologyexploration labs

Program Audience

6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade