Gas Chromotography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) is an analytical instrument used in many laboratory testing situations. Here is a laboratory exercise that explains and uses this methodology to analyse DMSO. Plenty of images and screenshots accompany this exercise, as well as group discussion questions and questions for individual exploration of mass spectrometry online.
Drugs are regulated in the United States by the FDA. This exercise reviews the history of some FDA regulations. The Case Study describes the impact one FDA official had by stopping a dangerous drug from coming on the market in the US. A classroom discussion underscores the importance of regulating new drugs.
Annotated bibliography of useful books related to biotechnology. This project was started by Jim Dekloe; although the list has not been updated since 2003, it is still useful. The topics covered here include general biotechnology books, bioinformatics and genome projects, immunology, food biochemistry, and many more. Bio-Link staff are currently revising this document (2010).
These comments about the use of Industry Skill Standards in the Biotechnology Curriculum cover various federal- and state-funded initiatives to develop skill standards projects, and how they help to expose gaps in student knowledge as they move from school to the workforce. The comments conclude with a call for projects to continue to develop standards that encourage critical thought and...