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Biotechnology in middle school

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Usually, working with DNA extraction and analysis is done at the college level, and sometimes at the high school level, introducing 8th grade students to hands-on DNA work is rare. However, NDV science teacher Saber Khan plans a three-part, middle-school science class project introducing students to DNA "fingerprinting" by using a simulated crime scene followed by amplifying and electrophoresis of plant chloroplast DNA, and ending with an investigation of protein. Part 1: Forensics ... more
Usually, working with DNA extraction and analysis is done at the college level, and sometimes at the high school level, introducing 8th grade students to hands-on DNA work is rare. However, NDV science teacher Saber Khan plans a three-part, middle-school science class project introducing students to DNA “fingerprinting” by using a simulated crime scene followed by amplifying and electrophoresis of plant chloroplast DNA, and ending with an investigation of protein. • Part 1: Forensics investigation with restriction and electrophoresis of DNA (January 2009) • Part 2: Investigating plant evolution with polymerase chain reaction (February 2009) • Part 3: Investigation of food protein with staining (March 2009) hide
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