Biogenetic Engineering at Mabry
On December 1st, Ms. Larkin's students took a DNA plasmid extracted from a jellyfish and inserted it into the DNA of a bacteria. They are now growing this new microorganism in the lab. They have completed a transgenic lab, designing a new species of bacteria which manufactures a protein that fluoresces under UV light, indicating that the new DNA has been successfully inserted into the DNA of the bacteria. Our students are getting an authentic look at how genetic scientists are using new technologies to create treatments (and hopefully someday even cures) for diseases such as diabetes, hemophilia, and sickle cell anemia to name a few.
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