Feature Articles

4 March 2011

While you may recognise that the laboratory ‘hands-on’ aspects of Biotechnology are engaging for students, where do you go for more information and support? This was the purpose of the Australian biotechnology education newsletter Biotech Babble, originally published by Steve Garrett during 2006 and 2007.

This newsletter was designed to inform, enthuse and support teachers  and laboratory technical staff in their commitment in ensuring the provision of quality biotechnology and microbiology learning experiences for their students.

An aspect of Biotech Babble which was well received was its helpful Feature Articles which contained excellent background notes as well as hints, tips and trouble-shooting suggestions. These past articles are being made available in the Education Resources section on the Bio-Tek Services website. Past Feature Articles have included:

  • Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
    Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
  • Bacterial Transformation
    Bacterial Transformation
  • Liquid Column Chromatography
    Liquid Column Chromatography
  • Microbiology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Protein Electrophoresis
    Part 1- Background
    Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
    Part 2– Techniques
    Part 3– Cost Considerations
    Cost Considerations

It is the intention of Bio-Tek Services to continue publishing feature articles in Bio-Tek Babble – this will commence in Issue 2. As there have been some significant (and exciting) developments in most areas of biotechnology education classroom practice over the past few years, the initial feature articles will focus on updating the most popular past articles. Electrophoresis will be the first topic to be updated.