Entries by miniPCR Team

Traveling the world: miniPCR in Israel

This week, as part of an intensive training for high school Biotechnology teachers from the Ort schools in Israel, participants received an in-depth look into the DNA world that we live in from Gita Reinitz, the miniPCR representative in the Middle East. Teachers learned about the importance of DNA in our everyday lives, from genetically […]

Back in the Classroom (Again!)

– by Bruce Bryan miniPCR curriculum director. This past September, I joined miniPCR as the new Director of Curriculum, working to develop labs and other materials for teachers to use in the classroom. Joining the miniPCR team, however, meant leaving my classroom of nine years, where I taught all levels of high school biology including […]

Congratulations Diversity in STEM Awardees

The Diversity in STEM Award was instituted by miniPCR to celebrate champions of diversity in STEM education. Earlier this spring, we announced the first awardee, Mr. Gavin Smith. Today we’re proud to announce three additional Diversity in STEM awardees. Each one will receive $1,500 in miniPCR store credit. We were moved and inspired by all […]

blueGel™ 2.0: Better electrophoresis

Since the launch of the DNA Discovery System™ backed by a Kickstarter campaign in 2014, we’ve been working to bring science to everyone, everywhere. The blueGel™ integrated electrophoresis and visualization system has now been used in thousands of research labs and biotech teaching classrooms around the globe to separate and visualize DNA safely and efficiently. […]

Studying DNA aboard the International Space Station

This article by the International Space Station Program Science Office first appeared on April 24th, 2018, in NASA Mission Pages.  April 24, 2018 – What do astronauts, microbes, and plants all have in common? Each relies on deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) – essentially a computer code for living things – to grow and thrive.Studying DNA in space could […]

High School Students Launch ‘Genes in Space’ Experiments to International Space Station

Research could lead to DNA-based methods to monitor astronaut health  KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (April 2, 2018) – The winners of the 2017 Genes in Space competition, Sophia Chen, 15, of Washington and Elizabeth Reizis, 15, of New York, will see their DNA experiments launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 2, aboard NASA’s Commercial Resupply […]

Congratulations Gavin Smith, miniPCR Diversity in STEM Awardee

The Diversity in STEM Award was recently announced by miniPCR to celebrate champions of diversity in STEM education. Today we’re proud to announce the first Diversity in STEM awardee: Mr. Gavin Smith, science teacher at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Mr. Smith strives to provide students with the necessary […]

Announcing miniPCR Diversity in STEM Award

Recognizing teachers, mentors, or scientists who are champions of diversity in STEM education We are honored to announce the Diversity in STEM Award to celebrate individuals who work to increase the interest and engagement of minorities underrepresented in the science, technology, and engineering workforce. The miniPCR Diversity in STEM Award provides $1,500 in miniPCR store credit*. This award […]

Lab in a Box at Stafford High School, Texas

When students in Camille Merck’s AP biology class at Stafford High School in Texas participated in Lab in a Box, the free biotech loaner program supported by Genes in Space partners, Houston Community College Southwest Stafford TV Studio featured Merck and her students in one of their Spartan Spotlight segments. We are excited to share this […]

miniPCR goes gliding

Genes in Space workshop in Southern California miniPCR curriculum director, Bruce Bryan, traveled to Southern California to train teachers in the use of miniPCR equipment and to spread the word about the Genes in Space program. As a bonus he, and the miniPCR, got to co-pilot a glider. It wasn’t the highest miniPCR has flown, but it […]