Intro to Molecular Biology - In this course participants will get hands on experience learning the basics of molecular biology. You will learn how to do PCR, restriction digests, ligation, and bacterial transformations. You will splice a gene coding for green fluorescent protein (GFP) into a laboratory strain of E. coli. Using the knowledge and experience from this course you will be able to do your own, more advanced molecular biology experiments.
Personal Genomics In this hands on course participants will learn the basics of PCR and DNA sequencing. You will extract DNA from a cheek swab and use PCR to amplify a region of interest (either BRCA1, ACTN3 or CCR5) then determine the sequence of that region. Using the sequence, you can determine useful facts about your genetic predisposition to certain conditions.
Plant Transformation - Ever wonder how scientists genetically modify plants for research purposes? Now you can learn in this hands-on class where you introduce a gene into be given receive training in the techniqueEver wonder how scientists genetically modify plants for research purposes? Now you can learn in this hands-on class where you introduce a fluorescent gene from a jellyfish. Participants will receive training in the techniques and receive all the plasmids and bacterial strains to do it on their own. The end result is a plant whose plasma membranes fluoresce red.