Genetic Code Kit for Students
Researchers at California Polytechnic State University have developed an open-source educational biotechnology called the ‘Genetic Code Kit’ to help students to interact with the molecular process inside cells in new ways. The process by which genetic information is used to create proteins is a not easy to teach. Students find it difficult to visualize the molecular processes and it happens inside a cell. The new kit based on cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) allows researchers and instructors and students to isolate and manipulate the important, protein-making machinery of cells, without requiring the cells to be alive. A research done among 60 students showed that the new learning kit significantly improved student learning gains on transcription and translation content. It is expected to transform the way biochemistry and molecular biology is taught.