Helping Students Understand Genetics

Posted On: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We try to keep track of publications that cite use of NIGHTSEA equipment. These are mostly research-oriented papers, but we were excited to find a paper in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education that describes a laboratory sequence for a sophomore-and-above Genetics course at Rollins College. The goal of the sequence is to have students understand mutation, gene expression, and regulation through a hands-on experiment. The open-access publication presents the idea and methods in detail, including assessment of how well the laboratory exercise met the learning objectives. Students use the NIGHTSEA Model SFA Stereo Microscope Fluorescence Adapter system to conduct their phenotype analysis and screen for successful mutations. For more information on this inquiry-based genetics lab see our article on the subject!

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