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Monday January 30, 2017 at 12:39pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: High School, District


Students in college-level biology 101 ended their course with a scientific field trip to a DNA Learning Center where they completed a DNA restriction analysis experiment.

Working hand-in-hand with educator Dr. Catherine Zhang, Mrs. Jordan’s students analyzed sequences of DNA using restriction enzymes, the scissors of molecular biologists. They cut DNA into fragments, loaded and ran the gels used to separate DNA molecules by size, and analyzed and interpreted the results. This three and a half-hour experiment helps students understand the significance of DNA to bioengineering applications.

On their lunch break students toured the adjacent Clinical Core Laboratory, home to one of the largest robotic machines involved in diagnostics.

The trip to the DNA Learning Center in New Hyde Park, Nassau County, LI, took place on January 17.

General biology 101 is one of the latest electives added to our high school’s course offerings, and part of the district’s goal to enhance student education and career choices in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Offered through SUNY Orange, biology 101 is a high-rigor course and earns students 4 college credits.