Basic Biology © LABSTER

Basic Biology

With “Basic Biology” you will soon master the techniques needed to work in a biology lab. This package offers you the following 5 simulations:


Lab Safety

Survive your first day in the lab by identifying the different hazards you might encounter in an unsafe laboratory. You will be introduced to lab dress code, safety equipment and the do’s and don’ts when working in a lab.


Mitosis

Dive into the cell cycle phases to understand how cell division occurs. Investigate various types of cells using light and fluorescence microscope to learn the stages of mitosis and how they are regulated.


Meiosis

Help a couple who are having a baby through in vitro fertilization. To do so, you will have to understand the basic principles of meiosis.


Cellular Respiration

Help the street basketball players understand how the food they eat gets converted to energy through glycolysis, the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain. Use a mouse model to experiment on the effect of exercise intensity on oxygen and glucose consumption.


Protein Synthesis

Explore the structure of proteins and learn about the synthesis process inside the cells. Examine the protein sequence to understand the differences of protein synthesis in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.


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About the Lab Safety Virtual Simulation Lab:

Laboratories can be very dangerous, especially if you’ve never set foot in one before. So in this simulation, you’ll get the chance to make your debut in a virtual one! You will learn how to use the lab safety equipment, and how to react in case of an emergency. Detect and eliminate sources of danger and pass on your lab safety knowledge to friends.

Identify hazards

Safety first! Always pay attention to potential hazards when you enter a lab. In this simulation, you will create a tidy and safe working environment by identifying and eliminating hazards in the lab. You will be introduced to the lab safety rules and the safety equipment, which will help you and your colleagues, if something was to go wrong in a real lab.

Emergency training

You will be introduced to the basic hazard symbols used to categorize dangerous materials. You’ll use this knowledge to prevent dangerous situations, like acid spills. But you will also learn how to deal with unlabeled, potentially hazardous chemicals. By mastering such situations in this simulation, you won’t have to worry about being exposed to any real danger. You will learn how to operate the eye-wash and also get an introduction to various other pieces of lab safety equipment.

Spread your knowledge

It is important to share your newly acquired knowledge with your colleagues. In this simulation, you will meet your friend Lucy who’s never worked in a lab before. Pass on your lab safety knowledge and help her dress appropriately for a day in the lab.

Will you be able to apply your knowledge, and make sure that you and your friend stay safe in the laboratory?


About the Mitosis Virtual Simulation Lab:

In the Mitosis lab, you will be able to watch 3D animations and dive into a mammalian cell to learn about eukaryotic DNA packaging. You will perform a series of microscope examinations, light and fluorescent, to understand the stages of the cell cycle using mammalian cells and onion root tip cells. Both mitosis and meiosis are types of cell division. In this lab, you will learn the differences between them.

Learn about cyclins and cyclin-dependent kinases to understand how the cell cycle is regulated. You will experiment using various cellular parameters and observe the effect of each parameter in the progression of the cell cycle. What does the cell need to be able to divide correctly?

In the last part of the lab, you will test the effect of taxol on mammalian cells. From there, you will be able to conclude the effect that this plant poison has on cell division. Will the poison inhibit or accelerate cell division? How will this affect the survival of the organisms?


About the Meiosis Virtual Simulation Lab:

In the Meiosis lab, you will learn to identify the main characteristics of male and female gametes: the sperm and ovum. You will use the light microscope for gametes identification. During this process, your knowledge about basic principle of meiosis and fertilization will be tested.

Meiosis comprises series of stages. You will use lily as model organism to observe the stages of meiosis and their characteristics. Both mitosis and meiosis are types of cell division. In this lab, you will learn the differences between them.

After you have prepared the sperm and ovum, you will learn how in vitro fertilization is performed. Prior to embryo implantation, you will perform a diagnostic test to ensure the embryo has no chromosomal abnormality. Will your patient get pregnant with a healthy baby?


About the Cellular Respiration Virtual Simulation Lab:

What does it mean to work up an appetite? In this simulation, you will learn about how we metabolize glucose through aerobic and anaerobic respiration. You will be taken through the three stages of cellular respiration: glycolysis, the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain.

Evaluate cellular respiration through exercise

Beginning by outlining the structural changes that take place during phosphorylation and glycolysis, you will identify the important products of the Krebs cycle and follow their electrons through the electron transport chain. Then, you will apply what you have learned about cellular respiration to experiments on exercise intensity and oxygen consumption using a mouse model.

Respirometry and blood sample analysis

You will measure cellular respiration by analyzing the blood glucose and lactic acid concentrations of basketball players throughout their game. This data will be compared to experimental exercise data collected using a mouse model and respirometry. The experimental portion of this simulation is supported with strong theoretical explanations of the central steps of glycolysis, phosphorylation and the Krebs cycle using 3D molecules and interactive feedback. The simulation includes an immersive experience of jumping inside mitochondria that demonstrates how protein complexes in the inner membrane of the mitochondria contribute to the electrochemical gradient used by ATP synthase to generate ATP.

Help athletes perform during exercise

Experiment using a mouse model to understand the role of glucose, lactic acid and oxygen during exercise. Apply your knowledge from mouse experiments and of glycolysis, the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain to help basketball players perform their best during their game.


About the Protein Synthesis Virtual Simulation Lab:

In the Protein Synthesis lab, you will learn about the difference between protein synthesis in prokaryote (using E. coli) and eukaryote (using CHO cells).

Prepare recombinant Erythropoietin and use the mass spectrometer

Your first task in the lab will be to prepare recombinant Erythropoietin that is transfected into E. coli and CHO cells. The lab assistant will prepare the recombinant EPO and you will measure the mass to charge ratio using a mass spectrometer. Not sure how to handle the mass spectrometer? No worries! You can just take out your labpad and find an animated video to learn the basics.

Study the translation process from mRNA to amino acids

You will also learn about the translation process from mRNA to amino acids and how amino acids are assembled to proteins. A 3D animation is shown describing how triplets of codons are translated into amino acids, how these amino acids are joined together by peptide bonds creating a primary structure of protein, and furthermore, how the primary structure is folded into secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure.

Investigate doping in bike athletes

In the last part of the Protein Synthesis lab, you will use mass spectrometry and investigate if there are any athletes who are using rhEPO as a doping substance. You will do so by collaborating with the doping agent who collects urine samples in a large bicycle race.

Will you be able to detect if any of the athletes are using doping?

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Merlet Behncke-Braunbeck
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Course: 

Package: 5 courses


Co-operation partner: 

Labster


Time to complete course: 

30 - 50 min


Level:

Basic


Price:

please contact Merlet Behncke-Braunbeck


Date:

Start possible at any time


Booking:

Companies can book this course for their employees directly at Springer Campus.


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