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Inquiries in Science®: Discovering Nucleic Acids Kit



  • Simulate protein synthesis in the classroom
  • Model the formation of a mutation at the molecular level
  • Create an onion root tip squash to observe different stages of mitosis

Grades 9–12. Using pop beads, students model DNA replication, transcription, and translation. They then develop an experiment that explores types of genetic mutations and the effects mutations have on proteins. Students also observe preserved onion root tips to view cells in various stages of mitosis. Kit includes enough materials for at least 30 students working in groups. Receive a FREE digital Teacher's Manual and Student Guide with kit purchase.


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  • This item is sold and shipped to schools and businesses only. Not available to individuals or residential addresses. Visit our Login & Registration page to learn how to create a Login and link it to an approved school or business account.
What’s Included:
  • 1 Preserved Onion Root Tips (voucher item)
  • 300 Pop Beads of Each Color (red, blue, purple, yellow, orange)
  • 300 Pop Connectors
  • 250 Plastic Links
  • 72 Microscope Slides
  • 100 Coverslips
  • 1 Toluidine Blue, 0.5%, 15 mL
  • 2 Carnoy Modified Solution, 30 mL
  • 2 6 M Hydrochloric Acid, 28 mL
  • 50 Medicine Cup, 1 oz
  • 50 Pipet, 3 mL
  • 1 Mitosis Slide
  • 1 Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide
Needed But Not Included:
  • 10 Forceps
  • 10 Scalpels
  • 10 Microscopes
  • 70 Small Plastic Cups, 5 oz
  • 5–10 Sets of Colored Pencils (orange, yellow, blue, red, purple)
  • 10 Stopwatches
  • 5–10 Scissors
  •  Tape
  •  Paper Towels
  •  Tap Water
Return Policy:

If for any reason you are not satisfied with this item, it is eligible for a return, exchange, refund, or credit up to 180 days from date of purchase. Restrictions may apply. Returns & Exchanges Policy.