Sometimes biology lab tools are really simple, and ridiculously obvious (i.e., a petri dish?). Yet most of the general public form the idea that biology, chemistry, or even nanotechnology, is impossible because we don’t have high-tech tools. Maybe it’s because the research papers always use big words, half of which are some form of Latin, or the tools are named after a dead guy with a crazy name (erlenmeyer flask anyone?).
Look at some of the tools used in most biology labs for proof. Cheap office supplies are re-used as laboratory supplies. Many biology tasks only need the most basic tool for pouring, scraping, mixing, holding, or electrocuting something. These are easy jobs which only require simple tools.
A few more examples are provided in The Scientist article, Let’s Get Physical –
How to modify your tools to prevent pain at the bench. (Free registration might be required to view the article.)