This is a free laboratory manual that is suitable for use in courses that cover molecular biology laboratory techniques. The manual contains a number very useful protocols and procedures that are commonly used in a molecular biology lab. It also contains safety information, as well as instructions for keeping a scientific journal and using microscops. A number of recipies for common stocks is also included. The information can be read online, in pdf format, and is also available for some other types of readers such as Kindle.
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
No specific learning goals are included. The manual does not contain specific learning exercises. However, is a reference to answer lab technique questions from the simple to the complex.
Target Student Population:
College or advanced high school molecular biology laboratories.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some basic molecular biology knowledge is needed to understand the manual.
Evaluation and Observation
A fairly complete on-line molecular biology lab procedures book
Covers many common lab techniques, safety protocols and recipes for reagents
No index which makes it difficult to navigate
Not much background on the science behind the procedures
Manual does not contain specific exercises (and probably was never intended to), which means that an instructor using it will need to supply their own specific experiments/exercises
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Good safety and lab notebook keeping information
Clear descriptions of many commonly used methods in molecular biology labs