Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture [NOOK Book]

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Experience the magic of biology in your own home lab. This hands-on introduction includes more than 30 educational (and fun) experiments that help you explore this fascinating field on your own. Perfect for middle- and high-school students and DIY enthusiasts, this full-color guide teaches you the basics of biology lab work and shows you how to set up a safe lab at home.

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Overview

Experience the magic of biology in your own home lab. This hands-on introduction includes more than 30 educational (and fun) experiments that help you explore this fascinating field on your own. Perfect for middle- and high-school students and DIY enthusiasts, this full-color guide teaches you the basics of biology lab work and shows you how to set up a safe lab at home.

The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments is also written with the needs of homeschoolers firmly in mind, as well as adults who are eager to explore the science of nature as a life-long hobby. To get the most from the experiments, we recommend using this guide in conjunction with a standard biology text, such as the freely downloadable CK-12 Biology (ck-12.org).

  • Master the use of the microscope, including sectioning and staining
  • Build and observe microcosms, soda-bottle worlds of pond life
  • Investigate the chemistry of life from simple acids, bases, and buffers to complex carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes, and DNA
  • Extract, isolate, and observe DNA
  • Explore photosynthesis, osmosis, nitrogen fixation, and other life processes
  • Investigate the cell cycle (mitosis and cytokinesis)
  • Observe populations and ecosystems, and perform air and water pollution tests
  • Investigate genetics and inheritance
  • Do hands-on microbiology, from simple culturing to micro-evolution of bacteria by forced selection
  • Gain hands-on lab experience to prepare for the AP Biology exam


Through their company, The Home Scientist, LLC (thehomescientist.com/biology), the authors also offer inexpensive custom kits that provide specialized equipment and supplies you’ll need to complete the experiments. Add a microscope and some common household items and you’re good to go.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449336554
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 869,286
  • File size: 28 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, and is currently designing a larger, computerized, truss-tube Dobsonian that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is, with her husband Robert, the co-author of numerous books about computers, science, and technology. With her Masters in Library Science and twenty years' experience as a public librarian, Barbara is the research half of our writing team.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Equipping a Home Biology LaboratoryChapter 3: Laboratory SafetyChapter 4: Using a MicroscopeChapter 5: Mounting SpecimensChapter 6: StainingChapter 7: Building and Observing MicrocosmsChapter 8: Observing Succession in Aquarium MicrocosmsChapter 9: Observing the Effects of Pollution in MicrocosmsChapter 10: Acids, Bases, and BuffersChapter 11: Carbohydrates and LipidsChapter 12: Proteins, Enzymes, and VitaminsChapter 13: CoacervatesChapter 14: Extracting, Isolating, and Visualizing DNAChapter 15: Build a Gel Electrophoresis ApparatusChapter 16: Simulated DNA Separation by Gel ElectrophoresisChapter 17: Chlorophyll and PhotosynthesisChapter 18: Investigating OsmosisChapter 19: Investigating Cell DivisionChapter 20: Sampling Plant Populations in a CommunityChapter 21: Observing the Effect of Rhizobia on Plant GrowthChapter 22: Air Pollution TestingChapter 23: Soil and Water Pollution TestingChapter 24: Exploring Mendelian GeneticsChapter 25: Observing Specialized Eukaryotic CellsChapter 26: Preparing Culturing MediaChapter 27: Culturing BacteriaChapter 28: Investigating Bacterial Antibiotic SensitivityChapter 29: Investigating ProtistaChapter 30: Investigating FungiChapter 31: Investigating Simple Plants: Mosses and FernsChapter 32: Investigating Seed PlantsChapter 33: Investigating Porifera and CnidariaChapter 34: Investigating Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, and AnnelidaChapter 35: Investigating ArthropodsChapter 36: Investigating Vertebrate Tissues

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Excellent resource!

    A few days ago, Mr. Jack Andraka, was awarded the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award for inventing a new way to detect pancreatic cancer, which uses a paper-based sensor that can be dipped into blood or urine, is 90 percent accurate, costs three cents to make, and takes five minutes to run. That means his test is 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive, and over 100 times more sensitive than current testing practices. He invented the test in five months, start to finish, after his uncle died from the disease. The kicker? The Moore Award is for high-school science fairs. Mr. Andraka is a freshman. He is 15 years old. So how can you raise your own, young Steve Andraka? Well, one great way to start is to get a new book in the O’Reilly “DIY Science” series, Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments. The book explains, in clear and straightforward ways, how to run your own biology lab experiments in your own home. There are chapters on how to set up your own, for-real laboratory at home, how to use a microscope, and other basic techniques. Then, a long series of chapters walks you (and your young Dexter) through experiments and studies for the entire range of biology: from Osmosis, to DNA Separation, to Cell Division, to studying Proteins, Enzymes, and Vitamins, and much more. If you go through all of these experiments, you would be well on your way to becoming a scientist (or at least a lab technician) in your own right. Note that Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments is not really for young children, as biology itself gets pretty complicated. But you and your child should at least gain a broad and practical understanding of the wonders of the living world around us. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be on your way to changing the world. Just like Steve Andraka.

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