W5 “Hands on DNA Workshop”

Year 12 and 14 enjoyed an insightful day of Science at the W5 “hands on DNA” workshop. They were able to enhance their practical skills using state of the art equipment to analyse their own DNA. DNA is unique to each individual and students were able to identify specific parts of their own DNA. They were able to classify themselves into groups according to whether they were a “taster” or “non-taster.” This was dependant on their own individual DNA make-up. DNA samples were collected processed and analysed using gel electrophoresis. A technique which allows the specific gene responsible for their ability to taste a chemical substance to be identified. It was a highly successful day enjoyed by all. One that will most certainly be repeated in the future.