A level Biology Biotechnology day
A level Biology students were given the opportunity to carry out a number of modern biotechnology techniques on a special Biotechnology day this December as part of the Science departments’ enrichment programme. A component of the A-level Biology course is the study of the processes of genetic modification and DNA fingerprinting so students took part in a biotechnology laboratory where they genetically modified some bacteria and then visualised the results of their modification through gel electrophoresis. The equipment and technology required for this were loaned to the Academy by the Teacher Scientists Network based at the John Innes research centre. The event was a thoroughly rewarding experience allowing students to experience both a taster of life as a professional scientist and an opportunity to put into practice the theory they have learnt whilst studying A-level Biology at the Academy.