A well-stocked lab will have things such as timers, micropipetters, permanent markers, and ice buckets (as well as ice!). The BioBuilder labs also assume that some consumable materials are available. These consumables are provided if the kits are purchased from Ward’s Science, but many labs have the following:
Nitrile or latex gloves
15 ml and/or 50 ml conical screwcap tubes
Microfuge tubes (1.5–2 ml) and racks
Sterile test tubes and racks
Sterile toothpicks, inoculating loops, and/or spreading rods
10 cm polystyrene petri dishes—if pouring your own plates
The following specific lab equipment is needed for each of the labs described.
|Roller wheel or shaker||Stir plates and 125 ml Erlenmeyer flasks||Spectrophotometer and cuvettes/glass tubes*||Incubator ** (30°C or 37°C)||Water bath (42°C)|
|*Can substitute turbidity standards. **Can also incubate at room temperature, but requires longer incubation times.|
Unless otherwise indicated, you can purchase reagents from major chemical vendors, such as Sigma-Aldrich and VWR. They might also be available for lower prices through specialty vendors such as Gold Biotechnology and Ward’s Science.
You can also purchase media through vendors such as Teknova.