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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Barbara Barbara Fritchman Thompson Thompson, Robert Robert Bruce Thompson Thompson

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Chapter 2. Equipping a Home Biology Laboratory

Other than a microscope and accessories, it doesn’t take much special equipment to learn about biology. You’ll need some general lab equipment, chemicals, and so on, but much of what you need can be improvised or substituted for by items inexpensively available from the drugstore or hardware store. If you keep a close eye on your budget, you can complete most or all of the lab sessions in this book for surprisingly little money.

You’ll have decisions to make that balance cost versus time versus quality. For example, many lab sessions call for prepared microscope slides. If low cost is your top priority, you can prepare many of those slides yourself for a few cents each in materials, but at the expense ...

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