Molecular cloning is an invaluable research tool in modern molecular biology. However, it is often difficult for students to grasp conceptually without visual aids and even more difficult to understand how to successfully set up a cloning experiment. Here, we describe a flipped classroom activity that simulates cloning using donuts as models of plasmids. Students noted in semistructured interviews that the interactive nature of this activity made it an engaging introduction to molecular cloning.

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