Biotechnology @ Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

The Science learning continues following of Semester 1

You can read all about that in The Big Semester 1 Science Update.

Year 12 human biology students spent Thursday 1 August at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research getting hands on with DNA replication, sequencing and creating DNA profiles.

As the Year 12 students learn about biotechnology and the tools that have been discovered for editing and analysing DNA, it is a fantastic opportunity to not only see it in action in a real lab, but to conduct the processes themselves.

The day also included an introductory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) game where our students competed against researchers to be the fastest and most accurate DNA replicating machines. Students were also given a tour around the labs where they could ask questions about current research into infectious diseases, cancer treatments and much more.

Our students were also given time to ask about careers in research, opportunities for internships, and university pathways. The day proved to be a real success and may well have inspired some to consider their future in medical research.

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