BIO II Honors Students Study Bacterial Transformation

In the Research Lab, Bio II Honors students performed a lab on a bacterial transformation. “It is a technique commonly used in Biotechnology to introduce new genes into living bacterial cells,” said biology teacher Mrs. Janine Koenig. “The bacteria incorporate the plasmid genes into their cells and express the proteins the genes code. The plasmid genes used coded for ampicillin resistance and green fluorescent protein (jellyfish gene). These are common marker genes used in Biotech. We are calculating their transformation efficiency statistically.” Lab results showed that all lab groups transformed their bacteria successfully.