Gene Editing Institute Partners With Carolina Biological Supply Company to Launch CRISPR in a Box™ Kits for High School Science Labs

Leading school science supplier Carolina Biological Supply Company announced an exclusive partnership with the ChristianaCare Gene Editing Institute to manufacture and distribute an affordable CRISPR in a Box™. The educational kit is for grades 9 to 12 and higher education. This innovative lab kit, which includes print materials and hands-on exercises, engages students in learning about CRISPR gene editing, one of the most exciting frontiers in science today. The new version of the CRISPR in a Box kit is available to schools for purchase through Carolina now.

CRISPR in a Box has already been used successfully by more than 750 students in classroom and laboratory activities around the country, providing teachers with a classroom resource for students to try their own hands at being gene editing scientists. Through the toolkit, students learn how to employ CRISPR as a pair of “molecular scissors” to cut DNA at specific locations and delete sections or replace them with alternate sequences. The kit was voted a Best of STEM 2023 Awards Finalist by the National Science Teaching Association, MCH Strategic Data and the National Association of Biology Teachers.

“Carolina is proud to partner with the Gene Editing Institute to bring cutting-edge biotechnology into the hands of students,” said Mark Meszaros, vice president, Core Product Management and Innovation, at Carolina.

CRISPR in a Box is available for purchase at, or by calling 800-334-5551 or emailing

“Carolina shares the Gene Editing Institute’s mission to prepare the next generation of scientists by providing authentic hands-on learning experiences that challenge students — and not just providing simulated labs or abridged transformations,” Meszaros said.

Mark Meszaros

“We are excited to announce a new laboratory activity, CRISPR in a Box, that uses a unique cell-free or in vitro system that will teach each step of this ground-breaking CRISPR technology with confidence. Carolina is an advocate for hands-on experiences that challenge students and expose them to real-world learning.

“Together with the Gene Editing Institute, we want to prepare students for the future of work and look forward to new development opportunities in the rapidly advancing field of biotechnology.”

The new version of CRISPR in a Box, which will be featured at Carolina’s booth at the National Science Teaching Association national conference in Denver, Colorado this month has been enhanced with an improved teacher guide. Carolina will continue to refine and update the product in years to come so that it continues to represent the state-of-the-science in gene editing, with leading-edge lab activities that engage and inspire students to potentially explore career opportunities in the growing field of gene editing.

CRISPR in a Box gives students the same instruments that scientists all over the world use.

“One of our goals at the Gene Editing Institute is to empower, inspire and engage the next generation of scientists — and to ensure that this includes young people from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds,” said Amanda Hewes, M.S., education program manager who helped develop the original kit.

Amanda Hewes instructs students on proper pipette technique at a Learning Lab field trip for a Charter School of Wilmington science class.

“CRISPR in a Box gives students the same instruments that scientists all over the world use. They get a chance to try this in a lab setting. Our outreach in bringing students into our lab to work alongside scientists brings out their passion and interest and truly inspires them.”

That outreach includes mentoring field trips that are available for high school students to visit the Gene Editing Institute’s Learning Lab. In this immersive experience, teachers can bring students to a fully stocked laboratory to perform a half-day gene editing experiment with scientists from the lab. Students also gain the opportunity to learn directly from experts in the field about their own experiences and careers in the science of gene editing.

Eric Kmiec, Ph.D.

“We are happy to partner with Carolina to accelerate access to a new version of our CRISPR in a Box and to help build the next generation of gene editing scientists,” said Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., executive director and chief scientific officer of the Gene Editing Institute.

“Our aim is for all people to have trust in the medical system and to have equal access to medical breakthroughs. It is very important for students, especially from underrepresented communities, to try our technology with their own hands and understand how it works and that it is safe. The future of gene editing is bright and the possibilities are endless if we encourage diversity and inspire the right people to join our field of science.”

Features of CRISPR in a Box

CRISPR in a Box is an authentic gene editing experience available only from Carolina. Students discover CRISPR technology the way it was meant to be with this truly unique, hands-on CRISPR gene-editing kit.

CRISPR in a Box uses a unique cell-free or in vitro system that teaches each step of this ground-breaking technology with confidence.

Designed to be safe and approachable with a unique “in vitro gene editing system,” the kit activities break down each portion of the gene editing reaction into fundamental steps, offering teachable moments along the way.

Students will understand how CRISPR interacts with DNA, while carrying out gene editing reactions in a cell-free environment. They visualize all gene editing products from a single reaction. The learning experience improves medical terminology literacy and builds diversity in the gene editing workforce by providing opportunities for all students to develop the skills they need to explore careers in this field.

Teacher Support

The kit is available either with perishables or with a voucher to receive them at a later date for easy instructor planning. Kit materials are sufficient for 10 experiments. A detailed teacher guide features background information, an experimental overview and support for teachers new to CRISPR reactions. The kit also includes a digital teacher guide and a one-year subscription to Carolina Science Online® Resources.