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Intermediate students solve 'murder' mystery at DIY DNA workshops

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Genetics Teaching Programme's laboratories have once again opened their doors to over three hundred Year 7 and 8 students and their teachers to take part in fun, interactive workshops.

Running from 24th November to 5th December in 2017, the half day hands-on experience is proving popular as ever, with many teachers returning year after year. 

The workshops challenge students to solve a crime, using DNA technology. They also learn about genetic mutations by studying fruit flies using microscopes.

Genetics workshops for intermediate schools age students are funded by Genetics Otago and the Genetics Teaching Programme and have been running yearly since 2014. If you would like your class to experience one of our workshops in 2018, please contact Michelle Allan.

Below: Students from Columba College determine fruit fly mutants by analysing their wings, body and eyes under the supervision of Genetics Teaching Programme staff.  (L-R) Dr Gillian MacKay (Senior Teaching Fellow); Sophie Stratharn; Tanya Flynn (in red, PhD student); Samanatha Cooper; Joelle Gatenby; Meg Stedman and Rowena German. Image from 2014 workshops.

DIY DNA students web