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Cell Lab

Cell Lab

The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul presents this hands-on approach to teaching biology. "Cell Lab" is used by families, school groups, teens and seniors. Users put on lab coats, goggles and gloves and choose from one of seven different wet lab "experiment benches." These benches are computer-guided workstations that allow museum visitors to explore topics in cellular biology, molecular biology and microbiology. Examples of experiments include: identifying unknown bacteria, testing antimicrobial agents and examining their own cheek cells. The visitor finds microscopes, cameras, monitors, glass slides, test tubes, incubators, dry baths, UV detectors, stains and chemicals ready for use on the bench. "Cell Lab" provides a unique opportunity for museum visitors to experience a wet lab in a 1000 square-foot laboratory setting assisted by a diverse group of trained teens and volunteers.

Visit the "Cell Lab" Web site: http://www.smm.org/heart/humanBody/cellLab.html



Credit: Science Museum of Minnesota