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
    bonne expérience

    Posted by Unknown on 18th Aug 2021

    Vraiment super

  • 4

    Posted by Edward VanBuskirk on 9th May 2021

    Yes! I have created life! The instructions were a little ambiguous if it is your first time and culturing at room temp takes more like 4 days. But, man, creating life is awesome. Now I know what it is to be a mother.

  • 5

    Posted by James Krushlucki on 30th Jan 2021

    Works as advertised, read through the experiment a few times before you get started. Already ordered my Bioengineering 101, can't wait!!!

  • 5
    Worth it

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Jan 2021

    Had lots of fun doing this and got a lot of hands on experience. I would suggest that the kit come with extra inoculation loops because I almost ran out. I would love to see more kits like this or possibly some empty backbones to design your own plasmid for the more advanced users. Also tip to those who have contamination issues, performing parts of the experiment, like streaking, in a sandwich bag or oven bag is a good way to keep things sterile, at least from my experience.

  • 5
    New and Improved

    Posted by Whitney McBrayer on 22nd Jan 2021

    I love the new and improved jellyfish genetics kit! I ordered one last year to use in my 7th grade science classroom. The issues I had with the previous kit, such as scattered materials and convoluted instructions, seem to be fixed with the new iteration of the kit. I love that it comes with links to instructional videos and materials. My kids have a blast doing their genetic design projects each year!

  • 5
    Success on 2nd attempt

    Posted by Tina Sjogren on 23rd Sep 2020

    Messed up what bacteria to grow at the start so re-did and had success. The folks at Odin rock, love the vids and weekly updates, I'll be back for more.

  • 4
    Just do it.

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Sep 2020

    This kit does require a little concentration and I found that things took a little longer than described, so...patience. Doing this kit force me to learn A LOT about how genes work and this is what I wanted. It's pretty simple but requires a number of steps. I'd recommend giving things a couple days to happen. It took a few days to get my bacteria to grow etc. But, hey, what's the hurry. Be careful who you about this. Some people have have very strong opinions about anything like this and they think you're some sort of evil scientist just for trying to learn something.

  • 4
    Fun, but a little more detail would help

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Sep 2020

    My 10 yr old son and I did this as a fun summer activity. The steps were clearly spelled out. However, I wish the instructions were a bit more detailed. He would have learned more if explanations about each "ingredient" were given, including details about the different types of agar and why they matter.

  • 4
    Some delay but it worked

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2020

    The manual says that it could take 24 to 48 hrs at room temp until white spots are noticeable in the plate. For me, it took 72 hrs until I noticed any growth. After that, when using the blue light and the filter above the spots in the plate, they clearly illuminated a green color. It was a fun experiment. I would like to try this DNA technique on something else to see if I can make it have the same effect.