DNA Starter Kit© Teacher Resources

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The DNA Starter Kit© is a schematic DNA model that transforms from the familiar ladder shape to the double helix with a simple twist. Your students can explore the structure of color-coded DNA bases showing purines and pyrimidines, which connect to a continuous sugar-phosphate backbone. Then they can explore the process of DNA replication and transcription. Using the DNA model kit’s individual gray sugar-phosphate pieces, they can synthesize a new strand of DNA – one base at a time – showing the semi-conservative replication of DNA. Finally they can synthesize mRNA – using the purple sugar-phosphate pieces – to show the process of transcription.

DNA Starter Kit© Contents and Assembly Directions

Find information about the contents of your DNA Starter Kit© and step-by-step directions for completing your pyrimidine bases, which connect to a continuous sugar-phosphate backbone.


Molecule of the Month on DNA

The Molecule of the Month by scientist, author and artist Dr. David Goodsell includes an introduction to the structure and function of the chosen molecule and a discussion of its relevance to human health and welfare. Molecule of the Month articles are frequently referred to by teachers, students and researchers.


DNA Starter Kit© General Instructions

Your students will use the DNA Starter Kit© to build a DNA model with the long continuous backbones and nucleotide bases, before giving the bases a twist to create the double helix. Younger grades will enjoy the hands-on process of turning that basic 2-D ladder into the 3D double helix.


DNA Starter Kit© Next Generation Science Standards

Connections to: A Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas


DNA Starter Kit© with Expansion Pack Contents and Instructions

With our DNA Starter Kit© Triphosphate Expansion Pack, upper-level students can explore how during the process of DNA replication (or RNA transcription), nucleotide triphosphates serve as the substrates that are joined together by DNA polymerase (or RNA polymerase) to create the complementary strand of DNA (or RNA).