Family Science Investigation: pGlo Transformation
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.
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
For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.