The COVID-19 pandemic has likely confounded your life as a teacher and made it difficult or impossible to offer lab experiences to your students. The DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is offering exciting opportunities for your students to participate in authentic experiments using DNA sequencing—in spite of school or lab access problems caused by the pandemic. Each includes free supplies for in-class or at-home DNA isolations, PCR and electrophoresis, and free DNA sequencing. Mini-DNA thermal cycler and electrophoresis equipment kits are also available for loan.
The following experiments can be integrated into general or elective biology courses, or used for independent or course-based student research. Each merges core biological concepts and lab skills in biochemistry and genetics with data analysis using the bioinformatics platform, DNA Subway. Free participation is open to high school, community college, and university students—and is made possible by grants from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.