The Virtual Labs Series produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has won top honors in the Pirelli INTERNETional Award competition.
More than 1,200 multimedia entries competed for the Top Pirelli Prize,
which recognizes the best multimedia products designed to use the
Internet to educate about science and technology. Read on...
The Transgenic Fly Virtual Lab
The lab will familiarize you with the science and techniques
used to make transgenic flies. Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA
that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological
processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study
The Bacterial Identification Lab
The purpose of the lab is to familiarize you with the
science and techniques used to identify different types of bacteria
based on their DNA sequences. Not long ago, DNA sequencing was a
time-consuming, tedious process. With readily available commercial
equipment and kits, it is now routine. The techniques used in this lab
are applicable in a wide variety of settings, including scientific
research and forensic labs.
NEW! Get the Bacterial ID Lab iPad App from the iTunes Store!
The Cardiology Lab
The focus of this lab is on heritable diseases of the heart.
You are cast here as a virtual intern to accompany a doctor examining
three different patients. Each patient is examined using more than one
diagnostic tool, and at each stage, the doctor will invite you to
examine the patient yourself and ask for your opinion.
The Neurophysiology Lab
Record electrical activities of individual neurons while you
deliver mechanical stimulus to the attached skin. Inject fluorescent
dyes into the neurons to visualize their morphology. Identify the
neurons based on the morphology and the response to stimuli, comparing
them to previously published results.
The Immunology Lab
Components of the immune system called antibodies are found
in the liquid portion of blood and help protect the body from harm.
Antibodies can also be used outside the body in a laboratory-based assay
to help diagnose disease caused by malfunctions of the immune system or
This virtual laboratory will demonstrate how such a test,
termed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), is carried out and
show some of the key experimental problems that may be encountered.
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