Genetech 2012

On Thursday, 24 May, 10 students from  Years 10 and 11 were invited to attend “Genetech 2012” at the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) in Parkville.

These students participated in a series of workshops and lectures which looked at Breaking the Code. Our students successfully tested and identified a pathogenic strain of bacteria from a hospital patient, used bioinformatics to locate and classify the gene mutation responsible for the genetic disease cystic fibrosis, and conducted gel electrophoresis analysis to determine pus pathology. The laboratory work was complimented with presentations by science mentors, computer simulations and various  biological models.

The excursion challenged students’ understanding of the genetic code and its role in disease diagnosis while also providing the opportunity for hands-on inquiry based learning.

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