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SciTech Days

Right of Main Entrance

March 4-7, 2014
Carnegie Science Center

For more info:
Geri Baker
School Program Manager

New! Mobile Lab Workshop

Can DNA help solve an ecological dispute?

Agriculture is a major industry in the United States, and plant patent infringement cases have become more common. In this workshop, we explore a scenario in which an farmer is accused of stealing patented strawberry plants from a neighboring corporate farm and selling them as his own. Students are given the task of determining whether or not this farmer is guilty.

DNA holds the key to whether these plants originated from the corporate farm. But how do we study the DNA to solve this mystery? We first must extract the DNA from the fruit! Students will perform a DNA extraction using common lab techniques that break down the cell membranes and separate the DNA away from the rest of the cellular material. The extracted DNA can then be used in further testing. We will discuss amplifying sections of the DNA through PCR and discuss visualizing similarities or differences among the samples through gel electrophoresis. Ultimately, they must decide whether the farmer is guilty or innocent based on the information encoded in the DNA.

Presented by the PITT Mobile Lab

Science and technology topics include:
Project-Based Learning, Critical Thinking, Chemistry, Biology, and Biotechnology

Capacity: 25

Program Dates & Times

Middle School
March 4, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am*, 12 noon*
March 5, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am*, 12 noon*

High School
March 6, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon
March 7, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am*, 12 noon

* Program for this time has been filled.

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