Compare the ability to taste a bitter compound (phenotype) with genotype using modern laboratory techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, restriction enzyme digestion and gel electrophoresis.

Level: Higher and Advanced Higher Biology
Cost: £8 per pupil
Length of workshop: 10:15–15:30 (please arrive 15 mins before the start of your workshop)
Pupil numbers: Max. 24 pupils. If you have a smaller group, the museum will pair up schools to fill workshops
Dates: 4, 5, 11, 12, 26 & 27 Oct, 1, 2, 15, 16, 29 & 30 Nov, 13 & 14 Dec
Booking: Download the booking form from 16 August 2017.

Schools will be limited to one workshop per school and pupils must be accompanied by a teacher.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

A full day of hands-on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) workshop for Higher and Advanced Higher Biology pupils. Using their own DNA, pupils will discover and compare their version of a bitter taste receptor gene (their genotype) to their ability to taste the bitter compound (their phenotype). They will use cutting-edge equipment to carry out the modern laboratory techniques of DNA extraction, PCR, restriction enzyme digestion and gel electrophoresis. The workshop will incorporate some time viewing relevant parts of the Museum's science galleries.

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