Students gain the complete hands-on experience of pouring, loading, and running a gel while diving into real-world genetics and conservation biology. Students learn how DNA banding patterns can reveal the history and heritage of an individual, whether whale or human, while observing DNA separation in real time.
- Develop an understanding of gel electrophoresis and its principles
- Analyze results and deduce a probable outcome by using molecular tools, such as restriction enzymes
- Students cast, load, and run their own agarose gels and watch DNA band separation in real time
- Mammals inherit half their genome from their mother and half from their father- students use this fact to trace the parentage of a baby whale
- Large numbers of bands present a challenge for visual pattern recognition – learn how a qualitative result can be made exact through precise and logical analysis
- Materials for 10 student groups: 1% Agarose GreenGel in-a-Cup, 100 ml TBE Concentrate, 5 DNA samples, micropipette tips, microcentrifuge tubes, a teacher guide & student worksheet
- Store in the refrigerator; GreenGelCups should be left in the original package and protected from light; guaranteed stable for six months with proper storage