AMBL is happy to announce that details for the UBC Terry Project’s student conference (known to organizers as “Terry talks”) are starting to be fleshed out. This includes the launching of a website that houses instructions for how one can get involved in this event, as well as the release of a tongue and [...]
We’re happy to announce that the Science Creative Literacy Symposia, held during a two week span in May 2008, appeared to be a success as noted from a variety of feedback (from instructors, teachers and students) culled. This means that we’re game on to present this interesting field trip opportunity to a wider audience [...]
Are you a creative teacher who experiments with science? Then plan to attend the 2008 Michael Smith Labs Teacher Conference. During this unique conference, you will: 1) interact with scientists, 2) participate in fun science literacy activities, 3) collaborate with other teachers, and 4) build your own interactive science activities for the classroom.
In this experiment you would use DNA isolated from your cheek cells (see above) as template to amplify a short region of DNA within the plasmogen activator gene (TPA) containing a short 300bp insertion called an Alu element. Alu elements are short interspersed, repeated DNA elements distributed through out the primate genomes. The Alu element found within an intron of the TPA gene is dimorphic, i.e. it is present in some individuals but not in others. Following PCR amplification and electrophoresis you would be able to determine if the individual is heterozygous or homozygous for the presence or absence of the Alu insertion.
Two day high school teacher conference. Mark the dates (October 24th plus optional October 25th). Four great speakers, 3 hands-on activities, and an extra day for those interested in material development. Stay tuned for more information.