Yes, students do not work with environmentally sourced cultures. Only pure cultures provided by HOL are manipulated by students.
Environmentally collected microbes are not BSL-1. Furthermore, our testing shows that a skin sample contains additional strains of microbes and does not result in a pure culture. The only way for HOL to assure your students work with pure, non-virulent strains of E coli, S epi, and Sacc cerevisciae is to provide them in our kits.
Inert bacteria cultures are provided in the kits. Once students activate these cultures, they become student supplied materials.
Yes, they are provided with active cultures.
These microbes only pose a risk to immunocompromised individuals. Our instructions clearly state that such individuals should seek advice from a physician before using our materials.
Lessons are the exact same, and yes, they do make the slides.
The HOL V-Scope software and associated slide images are HOL curriculum specific. This software is not sold independently of our experiments.
Yes, there are labs without using the live cultures.
Yes. Students are not able to advance into the lessons until they go through our lab safety prerequisites and sign the safety agreement
Please contact us through our website and a representative will provide you with a demo.
Students are provided with sufficient materials to maintain cultures throughout the term of a standard college semester.
We do not provide parafilm as this material inhibits the student's ability to observe the plated colonies. Rather, students are provided with detailed instruction on how to store and handle all plated cultures, including proper sterilization and disposal.
Bacteria are shipped as lyophilized tablets in sealed vials.
Students are provided with detailed instructions for selecting a secure incubation environment within their home or office. Cultures are maintained in a dark environment, free from drafts, and at a temperature of at least 22 C.
The slide images housed in the V-Scope program designed to allow students to pan and each level of magnification, in addition to focusing on individual slide features. For the reason, instructors do not have the ability to upload static images taken of their prepared slides.
Students are required to take and upload photographs of all stained slides before placing them under a microscope.
We provide enough for an experiment to be done twice. But if they keep spilling, they can purchase additional material from us by calling customer service.
Students use direct, negative, and Gram-staining techniques. Please contact us through our website to request a demo of the Identifying Unknown Microbes experiment.
Yes, we offer an unknown identification lab. Please contact us through our website for a demo of this title.
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