This Level 1 elective has a strong emphasis on molecular biology and laboratory techniques.  

Students will learn how to pour and load agarose gels in order to perform electrophoresis and DNA analysis.  The gel that you see in the pictures was used to analyze DNA from a student’s cheek cells after performing a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) experiment.  

During the Bioinformatics unit, students will test samples of various fish to determine if the fish being advertised is the same species as what is actually being sold.  Students will extract the DNA from the fish, send it away to be sequenced, and then compare the DNA sequences to those found in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) database.

Students will also genetically engineering bacteria to make it glow, just like one of our axolotls pictured here!