Programs & Events

Family Science Investigation: pGlo Transformation

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Family Program
Mar. 19, 2013 | Tuesday, 2:00pm
Multiple Times: 
Tuesday, March 19, and April 9 2013, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Minimum age 12 (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab - 3rd Floor
$35/parent-child pair; $17 for each additional child

In this two-part series, participants will explore and perform a procedure known as genetic transformation. Genetic transformation involves the introduction, uptake and expression of foreign DNA in an organism. This technique has a wide variety of applications, from enhancing agricultural crop yields to designing individual-specific gene therapy treatments.

Working with a strain of E. coli (E. coli K-12) specially developed for use in classrooms, participants will transform normal bacteria into bacteria that glows under ultraviolet light. Included in the program will be discussions of bacterial anatomy, gene expression, antibiotic resistance and the use of sterile technique.

Class Schedule

pGlo Transformation, Part 1 – Tuesday, March 19
pGlo Transformation, Part 2 – Tuesday, April 9

Family Science Investigation programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in science classes related to Museum research, including topics in biology, ecology, paleontology, geology, microbiology, chemistry and biotechnology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!

Program Instructor: Christy Flint and Deb Bailey, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab

Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form and Health Form with payment.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.