Genetic Design Starter Kit - Glowing Jellyfish Bacteria

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This kit teaches you how to insert a Jellyfish gene, Green Fluorescent Protein(GFP), into bacteria. This allows the bacteria to glow green when you shine light onto them.


Kit comes with everything you need and instructions


Enough for 5 experiments.


LB Agar

LB Kan Agar (Kan 100 µg/ml)

250 mL glass bottle for pouring plates

Disposable transfer pipettes

7- Petri Plates

5 - Inoculation Loops

Nitrile Gloves        

6 - 1.5mL micro centrifuge tubes containing LB broth

50mL centrifuge tube for measuring liquid volume

5 - 0.1 mL bacterial transformation buffer (25mM CaCl2, 10% PEG 8000)

UV Filter Sheet and blue light (to see the glow)



Non-pathogenic E. coli bacteria

5 - 50uL of 20ng/uL GFP plasmid (freeze dried)


Link to protocol


**Perishables included in this kit have been Freeze Dried. They will be viable up to a month at Room temperature**


17.78 (cm)
17.78 (cm)
17.78 (cm)


  • 5
    Wonderful Product

    Posted by Jay on 20th Mar 2024

    This kit worked wonderfully for my students! The materials provided were perfectly suitable for completing the experiment without issue, and we had an incredible transformation efficiency without hundreds of fluorescent colonies detected. I will certainly be buying this from The ODIN again next year. So appreciative!

  • 5
    GFP Kit

    Posted by Amy on 26th Jul 2023

    The kit's awesome! Special shoutout to the team for customizing the kit and providing additional support via email! Can't wait to try out the crispr kit.

  • 4
    fantastic and eye-opening experiments for beginner

    Posted by Michael Beierlein on 25th Dec 2022

    straightforward instructions (though it is recommended to read everything before getting started) . If doing these experiments during the cold season, have a space heater handy to speed up incubation times. One minor annoyance: not all packages are complete so good to check everything is there before getting started.

  • 5
    Really fun and simple

    Posted by Logan Donlevy on 13th Dec 2022

    This was a really fun and simple project I had a lot of fun doing it, it was really interesting to get to know how everything in it worked

  • 5
    Really fun and simple activity

    Posted by Logan Donlevy on 13th Dec 2022

    I had a lot of fun with this project and it was really interesting learning how everything worked. The user manual was simple and easy to read and very user friendly.

  • 5
    Great for Novice Biohackers

    Posted by Ian Meiser on 14th Nov 2022

    Two teachers at our high school run the CHS Science Club and after watching Unnatural Selection my colleague and I decided to look into The ODIN to see what was available for our fledgling scientists/biohackers to work with. We decided to try the Genetic Design Starter Kit and the results were great. Since we usually only have 30-60 minutes once or twice a week with our group we were able to make things work. The students thoroughly enjoyed the process and learning about biohacking. After completing the procedure we did have successful transformation and saw some glowing colonies. It was great!

  • 5
    Good fun

    Posted by Joseph P on 5th Nov 2022

    Clear instructions and well-packaged kit. Took a couple of tries, but eventually was successful! I think giving extra incubation time was what made my second try have better results (since I was incubating at room temperature).

  • 5
    Fantastic product!

    Posted by Jeff Shupe on 6th Jun 2022

    This is the second product I’ve ordered from the Odin. The instruction manual is clear, there are online guides, and wow, I’ve learned a lot about genetics and biology!

  • 5
    Genetic Design Starter Kit - Glowing Jellyfish Bacteria

    Posted by SANDRA SIMONDS on 12th May 2022

    First time - worked perfectly, even with a few human errors and extended time in between stages. Used with 7th graders.