Year 11 Biology students attended the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) early in term 3. They worked with science mentors to analyse the DNA of individuals to determine whether they had specific genetic abnormalities. They used a range of techniques, including modelling, fluorescence microscopy, PCR and gel electrophoresis to complete an in-depth genetic analysis. Students then explored different ethical perspectives related to the results. The day finished off with students speaking with their mentors, who are all PhD students researching immunology, about what it is like to do research in science.
Angela Hanley – Science Coordinator