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Edvotek™ Why Do People Look Different?

Learn about the basic principles of molecular genetics.

Supplier:  Edvotek™ S50

Catalog No. S94597

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Includes: Instructions, Ready-to-Load QuickStrip™ Dye Samples, UltraSpec-Agarose™, Electrophoresis Buffer (50X), Practice Gel Loading Solution, Disposable Pipets

Requires :
  • Electrophoresis apparatus, M-12 or equivalent
  • DC power supply
  • Heat source
  • 500mL beaker or flask
  • Hot gloves
  • Tape
  • Foil
  • Distilled water (used to make buffer solutions)
  • Balance



Different people display visible phenotypic inherited genetic variations. Certain traits, such as brown eyes, are dominant. In this experiment, students will explore basic principles of molecular genetics by using color dyes to represent simulated genetic traits.

None of the experiment components have been prepared from human sources.



Why Do People Look Different? Classroom Kit
Complete instructions, background information and study questions, ready-to-load™ dye samples, agarose powder, practice gel loading solution, buffer, microtipped transfer pipets
45 min.
10 Lab Groups
To teach how an individual's physical traits are a reflection of one's genes
Electrophoresis apparatus, power supply, microwave or hotplate
Room temperature


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