Genetic Transformation & Bioluminescence uses click beetle luciferase to demonstrate the transfer of a gene into cells of another species. After a 30-minute slide show about bioluminescence, students go into the laboratory to perform a simulated genetic transformation, which transfers the luciferase gene, and the ability to make bioluminescent light, into bacterial cells.

Key Topics:

  • Bioluminescence
  • DNA and Genetic Transformation
  • Bacterial Culture and Sterile Technique

This field trip is categorized as an Introductory field trip, and is appropriate for students as young as 6th or 7th grade.  It can be adapted in depth of content to be appropriate for science learners at a more advanced level.

Length of Field Trip: 1.5 to 2 hours

Cost of Field Trip: $128 for up to 16 students; $8 for every additional student. We can also take this field trip On the Road to you.

Laboratory Protocol
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