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Examining the RNAi Mechanism Kit (RNAi and Amplification; with Prepaid Coupon)

Item # 211392 With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

RNA interference (RNAi) is a technique that allows you to silence the expression of a chosen gene by specifically degrading the gene's mRNA. Students use the Nobel Prize-winning technique to silence the dpy-13 gene in the nonparasitic roundworm C. elegans.



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Advanced - For experienced high school and college classes; requires some basic technical skill.

  • Demonstrate to your students the power of silencing a single gene
  • Teach about a powerful method for determining gene function
  • Explore the relationship between phenotype, genotype, and RNAi-induced phenotype
  • Perform bioinformatics exercises exploring protein function and C. elegans, and human relatedness
RNA interference (RNAi) is a technique that allows you to silence the expression of a chosen gene by specifically degrading the gene's mRNA. Examining the RNAi Mechanism kit allows students to use this Nobel Prize-winning technique to silence the dpy-13 gene in the nonparasitic roundworm C. elegans. They observe wild-type worms eat a lab strain of E. coli that expresses double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) corresponding to the targeted gene, dumpy 13 (dpy-13).

Kit includes a prepaid coupon to request perishable materials later at your convenience. Contact us or return the coupon to request delivery of perishables.

FREE 1-year access to digital resources that support NGSS instruction included.

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Components Qty Included?
Ampicillin, 10 mg/mL, 4 mL 1 Included
Cholesterol, 5 mg/mL, 0.3 mL 2 Included
IPTG, 0.036 g 1 Included
Proteinase K, 20 mg/mL, 25 μL 1 Included
DNA Marker pBR322/BstN1, 200 μL 1 Included
dpy-13 (e458) Worms on NGM-lite Plates 4 Included
dpy-13 Primer/Loading Dye Mix, 700 μL 1 Included
E. coli RNA Feeding Strain (dpy-13) LB Amp/Tet Slant 1 Included
E. coli OP50 on LB Slant 1 Included
Wild-type Worms on NGM-lite Plates 4 Included
1x Lysis Buffer, 0.5 mL 1 Included
Sterile Bulb Pipets 6 Included
Sterile Culture Tubes, 15 mL 3 Included
Sterile Inoculating Loops 3 Included
LB Broth, 3 mL 3 Included
Mineral Oil, 5 mL 1 Included
Melt 'n Pour NGM-lite, 300 mL 1 Included
Melt 'n Pour NGM-lite, 100 mL 1 Included
Sterile Petri Dishes, 60 mm 40 Included
Ready-to-Go™ PCR Beads (0.2 mL tubes) 25 Included
Sterile Distilled Water, 1 mL 1 Included
Sterile Toothpicks 8 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Document Camera or Overhead Projector Needed, Not Included
Stereomicroscope Needed, Not included
Bunsen Burner Needed, Not included
Containers with Cracked or Crushed Ice Needed, Not included
Container with Liquid Nitrogen or Dry Ice Needed, Not included
Digital or Instant Camera (optional) Needed, Not included
Ethanol, 95% Needed, Not included
Gel Casting Trays and Combs Needed, Not included
Gel Electrophoresis Chamber Needed, Not included
Masking Tape Needed, Not included
Microcentrifuge Needed, Not included
Microcentrifuge Adaptors Needed, Not included
Micropipettor and Tips, 1-20 μL and 20-200 μL Needed, Not included
Microcentrifuge Tube Rack Needed, Not included
Mineral Oil Needed, Not included
PCR Tubes, 0.2 or 0.5 μL Needed, Not included
Permanent Markers, Black and Red Needed, Not included
Power Supply Needed, Not included
Steel Scalpel, Spatula, or Forceps Needed, Not included
Thermal Cycler Needed, Not included
UV or White Light Transilluminator Needed, Not included
Water Bath, 60°C (for agarose solution) Needed, Not included
Heavy-duty Plastic Bag Needed, Not included
Household Bleach Needed, Not included

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