DNA Science

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Cost: $3,250
Age: Rising 8th graders and older

The DNA Science Program will introduce students to DNA structure and function, the process of transcribing and translating genetic code into protein, and the study of the human genome. Students will experiment with some of the tools that have allowed scientists to study DNA and the human genome: gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, polymerase chain reaction, genetic transformation, and public genome databases. At the end of the course, each student will sequence a small portion of his or her own genome that correlates with a specific physical trait, such as the ability to taste bitter molecules or lactose intolerance.