Walsall College’s Science students found out how to extract DNA from cells when they attended a Genetics masterclass at Birmingham City University.
Level 3 students met with research staff in the Schools of Health and Sciences, who delivered a talk on genetics and DNA.
Students extracted cheek cells from their own mouths, and viewed them under a microscope. They also extracted DNA from these cells using a simple extraction technique.
In addition, students carried out Gel Electrophoresis, a technique used in Forensics and Medicine to separate our fragments of DNA and Proteins. During this task, students identified protein fragments in a patient with Sickle Cell Anaemia, which enhanced their understanding of how genetic structures can affect health.
Following the practical sessions, students received a talk about cutting edge research taking place at BCU, as well as the undergraduate courses available to them once they complete their Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
Manoher Singh, Lecturer in Science at Walsall College, said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to experience state of the art laboratories, learn about health and safety, and to find out about HE and Research.
As a college, we aim to link education to the world of work, and we ensure that our students are aware of the number of career routes open to them.
Due to the broad nature of the Applied Science course, it can open up options to progress on to a range of university courses and into careers, such as medical science, engineering, environmental science, health sciences, as well as some entry level jobs in laboratories, research, food science and product development.
Feedback from the masterclass has been overwhelmingly positive, and we aim to run more masterclasses such as this in future.”
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