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Ward's® AP Biology Investigation 8: Genetics and Information Transfer: Transformation

Avg. Ratings: 3.0 (2 Reviews)
Meets AP Science Practices 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7, and Big Idea 3.

  • Students practice techniques for molecular genetics
  • Determine transformation efficiency
Transformation, a basic principle of genetic engineering used to study the uptake and expression of foreign DNA by a recipient, results in the acquisition of a particular trait or traits by a recipient lacking those traits. In this investigation, students will transform common bacteria that are killed by antibiotics with a plasmid containing DNA that will confer antibiotic resistance. Students will then calculate efficiencies and analyze factors that might alter the efficacy of transformation to determine ways to improve the results.A refill kit is available and contains only consumable component items it does not contain additional student or teacher guides.

The Only Kits Aligned with AP Science Practices. Ward's AP Biology Investigations provide complete coverage of the Four Big Ideas and Seven Science Practices to help you meet new AP Biology curriculum standards and prepare students for real-world success in college and research-level labs. Each investigation follows a series of three parts, beginning with a structured lab investigation, followed by a related guided inquiry investigation with thoughtful assessment questions, and finally, suggestions to encourage students to formulate their own questions and explore further self-guided experimentation. This complete series of investigations emphasizes the progression to fully student-directed investigations and builds competence in all of the science practices, helping students:
•Practice concept application instead of fact memorization.
•Focus on self-guided experimentation instead of step-by-step lab procedure.
•Investigate real-world concepts with greater curriculum flexibility.
•Apply problem-solving skills to strengthen student inquiry.

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Item # Description For Use With No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470134-774 AP Investigation 8: Transformation Kit
8 Lab Groups 8 Kit of 1 Retrieving


Item # Description Height Length No. of Pages Width Unit Availability Price Quantity
470150-762 VWR® Lab Notebook, Grid
- - - - Case of 12 Retrieving
Each Retrieving
470199-488 4-Way Microtube Rack
17.5 cm 5.1 cm 9.5 cm - Case of 20 Retrieving
Pack of 5 Retrieving
470023-064 Life Science Student Lab Notebook
- 22 cm 28 cm 70 Each Retrieving


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Total Ratings: 2
Avg. Ratings: 3.0 out of 5

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Yes: 1 No: 0 user Education / AP Biology Teacher / Alabama
Yes, I recommend
This kit is very easy to use and gives good results if used properly by the students.
Reply associate Published 12/26/2017
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Yes: 6 No: 1 
MD scientist Dayton, Ohio
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No, I didn't recommend
Problems with Transformation lab - I bought both this transformation lab and a GFP lab from another company for different classes. I had very good success with the other lab so I know my technique is correct. I had zero success with this lab. I contacted WARDS twice by email about the plasmid and problems I was having and got no response from them either time.This is a very expensive kit and our school budget will not allow me to w
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