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BK01A Standard/Honors Home School Biology Laboratory Kit

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BK01A Biology Kit, $199:
BK01A-B Biology Kit + BC03 Bacteria Culture, $216:
BK01A-S Biology Kit + SK01 Prepared Slides, $251:
BK01A-BS Biology Kit + BC03 culture + SK01 slides, $268:
BK01A-RK Biology Refill Kit (chemicals only), $137:
BC03 Bacteria Culture only, $25:
BK01 Supplemental DVD only, $27:
SK01 Core Prepared Slides Set only, $54:


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Kit Contents (US Version)

The BK01A, BK01A-B, BK01A-S, and BK01A-BS Biology Kits contain all of the items listed below, except as noted. The BK01A-RK Biology Refill Kit (chemicals only) contains only the bolded items listed below.

□ Acetic acid, 6 M, 15 mL
□ Agar powder, 10 g (sufficient to prepare 500 mL of agar medium for 100+ 50mm Petri dishes) 
□ Alligator clip lead, black
□ Alligator clip lead, red
□ Ammonia, 6 M, 15 mL
□ Ammonium nitrate1
□ Antibiotic powder, penicillin2
□ Antibiotic powder, chortetracycline
□ Antibiotic powder, sulfadimethoxine
□ Antibiotic solution, neomycin
□ Ascorbic acid tablets, 500 mg
□ Barfoed's reagent, 30 mL
□ Beaker, PP, 50 mL
□ Beaker, PP, 100 mL
□ Beaker, PP, 250 mL
□ Benedict's reagent (qualitative), 30 mL
□ Biuret reagent, 30 mL
□ Bottle, PP, 125 mL (Fertilizer A is shipped in this)
□ Bromothymol blue, 15 mL
□ Centrifuge tubes, 15 mL, w/cap (6)
□ Centrifuge tubes, 50 mL, w/cap (6)
□ Chromatography paper, 8.5x11" sheet
□ BC03 Culture, mixed bacteria3 (optional, see below)
□ Cylinder, graduated, PP, 10 mL
□ Cylinder, graduated, PP, 100 mL
□ Dextrose (d-glucose), 20 g
□ Fertilizer, concentrate A, 125 mL (to make 12.5 liters of nitrogen-free fertilizer)
□ Fertilizer, concentrate B, 30 mL (to make 12.5 liters of nitrogen-free fertilizer)
□ Fertilizer, concentrate C, 15 mL (to make 12.5 liters of nitrogen-free fertilizer)
□ Forceps
□ Funnel
□ Gelatin powder
□ l-Glutamine
□ Glycerol, 15 mL
□ Goggles, chemical splash (w/ cap vents)
□ Gum arabic powder
□ Hydrochloric acid, 6 M, 30 mL
□ Inoculating loop
□ Lead(II) acetate, 0.1 M, 15 mL
□ Magnifier
□ Methyl Cellulose, 15 mL
□ Petri dishes*
□ Pipettes, PE
□ Prepared slides set (optional, see below)
□ Reaction plate, 24-well
□ Reaction plate, 96-well
□ Resorcinol, 0.25% (Seliwanoff's reagent A), 15 mL
□ Rhizobia culture3, 4
□ Ruler, 6”/150mm
□ Scalpel
□ Seeds, lima bean3
□ Slides, flat, frosted, 1”x3”, pack of 72
□ Slides, thick cavity, 1”x3” x 3mm thick, pack of 6
□ Slide cover slips, pack
□ Spatula, stainless, 4”, flat/spoon
□ Sodium borate, 0.1% w/r to boron, 30 mL
□ Sodium dodecyl sulfate, 10% w/w, 15 mL
□ Sodium hydroxide, 6 M, 30 mL
□ Stain: Eosin Y, 15 mL
□ Stain: Hucker's Crystal Violet, 15 mL
□ Stain: Iodine5
□ Stain: Methylene Blue, 15 mL
□ Stain: Safranin O, 15 mL
□ Stain: Sudan III, 15 mL
□ Stirring rod, 6” x 5mm
□ Stoppers
□ Teasing needle, bent
□ Teasing needle, straight
□ Test paper, wide-range pH
□ Test paper, phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) (100 strips)
□ Test tubes, 16x100mm (6)
□ Test tube brush (1)
□ Test tube clamp (1)
□ Test tube rack, polypropylene, blue/yellow, autoclavable
□ Thermometer
□ Turmeric reagent, 15 mL
□ Yeast3

□ Supplemental DVD (see below)

* BK01 kits originally included a 10-pack of pre-sterilized polystyrene (plastic) Petri dishes. Later BK01 kits substituted a 3-pack of glass Petri dishes for the plastic Petri dishes. Because of breakage problems (both during shipping and during use) current BK01A kits include a 6-pack of 50mm polypropylene (PP) Petri dishes. The PP dishes can be re-used indefinitely simply by washing them and sterilizing them in a pressure cooker (15 minutes at 15 PSI) after filling them with agar gel. Also, because they are smaller diameter (50mm versus 75mm), the PP Petri dishes use expensive agar more efficiently. A 25 mL batch of agar medium is sufficient to fill the six Petri dishes to the proper level.

1 included only in kits shipped to Hawaii (to substitute for the Rhizobia culture)
2 the book lists the BK01 kit as including amoxicillin capsules. Current BK01A kits substitute a vial of penicillin G potassium for the amoxicillin. You can substitute one heaping loose spatula spoon of penicillin G potassium powder for one 250 mg amoxicillin capsule.
3 with the exceptions of these items, the consumables in the kits should remain usable for at least two years if unopened or if carefully resealed after opening, and if stored in a cool, dark place. The Rhizobia culture, the lima bean seeds, and the yeast should remain usable for at least one year unopened. If you intend to reuse the kit for another student within two to three years, you can purchase replacements for the Rhizobia culture and the seeds at most lawn and garden stores (make sure the Rhizobia culture you purchase is compatible with lima beans), and yeast at any supermarket. Although we cannot guarantee shelf live for the BC03 Bacteria Culture because shipping and local storage conditions are beyond our control, if unopened and stored at room temperature in the dark, the BC03 culture should remain usable for at least one year and possibly several years. Do not refrigerate this culture. If you open the culture using aseptic procedures, you can recap and reseal it without significantly affecting the shelf life of the remainder.
4 not included in kits shipped to Hawaii (State regulations prohibit us from shipping Rhizobia cultures to Hawaii)
5 the book lists the BK01 kit as containing 15 mL of Gram's iodine stain. Current BK01A kits substitute a 30 mL bottle of iodine-iodide solution, a more concentrated form of Gram's iodine. For Gram staining, simply dilute one part of the iodine-iodide solution with two parts distilled water, e.g., 1 drop of iodine-iodide solution mixed with two drops of water.

Kit Contents (APO/FPO and International Version)

The international versions of the BK01A, BK01A-B, BK01A-S, and BK01A-BS Biology Kits contain all of the items listed below, except as noted.

□ Acetic acid, 9.9% (~1.7 M), 100 mL
□ Agar powder, 10 g (sufficient to prepare 500 mL of agar medium for 40+ 75mm Petri dishes) 
□ Alligator clip lead, black
□ Alligator clip lead, red
□ Ammonia, 9.9% (~ 5.5 M), 15 mL
□ Antibiotic powder, penicillin G potassium
□ Antibiotic powder, chortetracycline
□ Antibiotic powder, sulfadimethoxine
□ Antibiotic solution, neomycin
□ Ascorbic acid tablets, 500 mg
□ Barfoed's reagent, 30 mL
□ Beaker, PP, 50 mL
□ Beaker, PP, 100 mL
□ Beaker, PP, 250 mL
□ Benedict's reagent (qualitative), 30 mL
□ Biuret reagent Part A, 20 mL
□ Bottle, PP, 125 mL (Fertilizer A shipped in this)
□ Bromothymol blue, 15 mL
□ Centrifuge tubes, 15 mL, w/cap (6)
□ Centrifuge tubes, 50 mL, w/cap (6)
□ Chromatography paper, 8.5x11" sheet
□ BC03 Culture, mixed bacteria (BK01A-B and BK01A-BS only)
□ Cylinder, graduated, PP, 10 mL
□ Cylinder, graduated, PP, 100 mL
□ Dextrose (d-glucose), 20 g
□ Fertilizer, concentrate A, 125 mL (to make 12.5 liters of nitrogen-free fertilizer)
□ Fertilizer, concentrate B, 30 mL (to make 12.5 liters of nitrogen-free fertilizer)
□ Fertilizer, concentrate C, 15 mL (to make 12.5 liters of nitrogen-free fertilizer)
□ Forceps
□ Funnel
□ Gelatin powder
□ l-Glutamine
□ Glycerol, 15 mL
□ Goggles, chemical splash (w/ cap vents)
□ Gum arabic powder
□ Hydrochloric acid, 0.9% (~ 0.3 M), 100 mL
□ Inoculating loop
□ Lead(II) acetate, 0.1 M, 15 mL
□ Magnifier
□ Methyl Cellulose, 15 mL
□ Petri dishes*
□ Pipettes, PE
□ SK01 Prepared slides set (BK01A-S and BK01A-BS only)
□ Reaction plate, 24-well
□ Reaction plate, 96-well
□ Resorcinol, 0.25% (Seliwanoff's reagent A), 15 mL
□ Rhizobia culture
□ Ruler, 6”/150mm
□ Scalpel
□ Seeds, lima bean
□ Slides, flat, frosted, 1”x3”, pack of 72
□ Slides, thick cavity, 1”x3” x 3mm thick, pack of 6
□ Slide cover slips, one ounce
□ Spatula, stainless, 4”, flat/spoon
□ Sodium borate, 0.1% w/r to boron, 30 mL
□ Sodium dodecyl sulfate, 10% w/w, 15 mL
□ Stain: Eosin Y, 15 mL
□ Stain: Hucker's Crystal Violet, 15 mL
□ Stain: Iodine, 30 mL
□ Stain: Methylene Blue, 15 mL
□ Stain: Safranin O, 15 mL
□ Stain: Sudan III powder to make 15 mL
□ Stirring rod, 6” x 5mm
□ Stoppers
□ Teasing needle, bent
□ Teasing needle, straight
□ Test paper, wide-range pH (100 strips)
□ Test paper, phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) (100 strips)
□ Test tubes, 16x100mm (6)
□ Test tube brush (1)
□ Test tube clamp (1)
□ Test tube rack, polypropylene, blue/yellow, autoclavable
□ Thermometer
□ Turmeric powder to make 15 mL
□ Yeast

□ Supplemental DVD (see below)

Please note that many of the materials included in the BK01A kits are hazardous if handled or used improperly. Before opening or using the kit, please take the time to read the Material Safety Data Sheets, and observe all recommended precautions and safety measures while using the kit.

 Supplemental DVD

The Supplemental DVD is included with all BK01A kits. It includes the answers for the Review Questions at the end of each lab session in Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments. It also includes high-resolution (usually 6 or 12 megapixel) copies of the images in the book, for those who don't have a full set of prepared slides available. These image files can be viewed on any PC or Mac. (Click on the image to the left to view it in high resolution.)

If you don't buy the BK01A kit, you can still purchase the answer guide and image files separately on DVD. This DVD is included in the BK01A kit, so if you buy the kit you don't need to order the DVD separately.

BC03 Bacteria Culture (optional)

Microbiology experiments require culturing (growing colonies of) bacteria. Although you can culture bacteria from your local environment, doing so can be hazardous because many of these bacteria are pathogenic (disease-causing). Our immune systems can normally deal with the relatively small numbers of these pathogenic bacteria that are present in our environment, but culturing them hugely increases their numbers and creates a biohazard.

The BC03 Bacteria Culture provides a safer alternative. It provides three species of bacteria generally considered safe for middle-school and high school students to work with:


o Bacillus subtilis
(bacillus, Gram+)
o Micrococcus luteus (coccus, Gram+)
o Rhodospirillum rubrum (spirillum, Gram-)

All bacteria forms--rod, sphere, and spiral--are represented, and both Gram-positive and Gram-negative species are included.

We supply this culture as a dilute mixed suspension of the three bacteria species in phosphate buffered saline (PBS). Because there are no nutrients present in the PBS, the bacteria cannot grow and reproduce. They are in stasis, essentially a state of suspended animation, where they remain until conditions are favorable for growth.

You can activate this culture by using a sterile pipette or inoculating loop to transfer a small amount of the liquid from the tube to a container of sterile nutrient broth. Incubate the container for several days at room temperature until it becomes cloudy, indicating a large population of the mixed bacteria.

Alternatively, you can streak a nutrient agar plate lightly with a small amount of liquid from this tube and incubate the plate to grow separate colonies of the different bacteria.

SK01 Prepared Slides Set (optional)

We also offer our SK01 Core Prepared Slides Set as an option. This set includes the following 15 prepared microscope slides:

□ Amoeba (wm)
□ Anthers, lily (cs)
□ Bone, compact (cs)
□ Egg, horse ascaris (sec)
□ Euglena (wm)
□ Frog Liver (sec)
□ Hydra, budding (wm)
□ Leaf, lilac (cs)
□ Lichen (sec)
□ Mitosis, Onion Root Tip (ls)
□ Muscle, involuntary smooth (cs/ls)
□ Muscle, skeletal (cs/ls)
□ Neurons, multi-polar motor (wm)
□ Paramecium (wm)
□ Stems, Monocot and Dicot (cs)

These prepared slides are of decent quality, supplied by the same vendor who supplied the slides we used to shoot the images for Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments. They ship in a 15-position wooden side box with a secure latch.


Terms and Conditions for International Shipments

By placing an order for a kit or kits to be shipped to an address outside the US, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to the following terms and conditions:
Note that shipping surcharges are calculated on the basis of shipping one kit. If you're ordering multiple kits--BK01A Biology Kits, CK01A Chemistry Kits, or a combination--we can combine them in one box, reducing the per-kit shipping surcharge. For example, the shipping surcharge for one kit shipped to a Canadian address is $44. For two kits, it's $65, for three kits, $86, and for four kits, $107. We can combine at most four kits in one shipment.




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