This activity is designed to simulate how we use genetics in a laboratory. To prepare yourself for this activity you should first read the section "In The Lab!" If you are ready to try this activity click the next button and lets get started!
Virtual Genetics Lab
Step 3: Observe your mutant bacterial strain and note its behavior and appearance.  Step 4: Return to Step 1 to make a new strain.  Step 5: Compare strains' behavior and appearance to determine role of each gene.
Step 1: Use the first page to design a bacterial strain. Turn genes on or off by using the checkboxes. Step 2: Click "Make Mutant" to run experiments on your new bacterial strain.
Virtual Genetics LabTutorial
Here is how it works: You research the bacterium Bukiae maganoinus. There are three B. maganoinus genes that you want to study. You think the genes have some function important for eating "Food X". Use the check boxes below to turn the genes on and off. Then make your mutant strain. Once you have a mutant you can observe it in the lab to discover what each gene does. GeneA GeneB GeneC
About the site: I developed as a companion website to Everything a cell does is a direct result of the genetics of that cell, whether it is a single-cell organism or part of a much larger organism. Thus, understanding the cells requires an understanding of the basis of all of their behaviors. About the author: I am a microbiologist studying microbial pathogenesis and the host immune response. My studies have included work in many pathogens including Rabies and Influenza viruses, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Francisella tularensis, and Salmonella enterica. I currently live just outside of Philadelphia, PA, where I work as a postdoctoral fellow researching antigen processing and presentation during rabies infection. My email is always open for suggestions, corrections, or any other comments. Please feel free to contact me: