Investigate how agarose gel electrophoresis unlocks the color code used by food scientists to make colorful candies.
- NGSS-aligned with MS-PS1
- For 10 lab groups
- Complete in 45 minutes
- Explore the biochemistry behind colorful candies
- Understand the biology behind gel electrophoresis
- Perform agarose gel electrophoresis to separate different sized dye molecules
- Extract, identify, and size different food dyes from popular candies
Students will extract color activities from common candies and separate the dyes on agarose gel electrophoresis. A fun lab extension involves the use of candy to build a DNA model.
Ordering information: DNA electrophoresis, micropipettes: 5-50 µl (optional), white light box (Optional), and microwave or hot plate are not included.
Delivery information: Kit includes instructions, Ready-to-Load QuickStrip™ dye samples, UltraSpec-Agarose™, Electrophoresis Buffer (50X), practice gel loading solution, disposable pipets, and microcentrifuge tubes.
Packaging: Room temperature storage.