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Genetic Research

Posted on January 9, 2015 by -Noah P. 12th grade

How does genetic engineering work? What do scientists do to cut DNA? How can we find the differences between two people's genetic material? These are among the many questions that students Andy, Leo, Bret, and I are answering through their genetics project. The goal of the project is to explore genetic science through pre-designed labs and background research, with the final result being an independent lab created by the students. Currently, the students have completed a restriction analysis lab which involved cutting a plasmid, a segment of DNA used for genetic manipulation, and counting base pairs. We also have been working on a lab which allows the students to move a gene which induces a fluorescent glow from one bacterium to another. The students hope to have all of these labs completed by semester so that they conduct their own research over the rest of winter.

 

 

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