Higher Human Biology Experiment

Report from Mrs Gallagher

The Higher Human Biology class are participating in a very interesting experiment over the next few days involving a bit of genetic engineering.

On Friday they put a gene from a jelly fish that codes for a green fluorescent protein into a bacterium called E coli (not the dangerous one!) and then gave the bacterium the required conditions to multiply over a period of about 3 days.

After the weekend they will examine their plates for fluorescence to find out if the transformation experiment has worked. by examining the bacteria glow under a UV light.

Sterile conditions are being used throughout and the pupils are dressed and acting as young scientists.

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