Year 13 Biologists attended a DNA workshop at We the Curious museum in Bristol (previously known as @Bristol).

The day included sampling our own DNA from cheek cells to explain why some of us could taste a bitter compound known as PTC. Spinning our samples in a centrifuge separated the cells so that we could obtain our DNA. We then amplified our DNA using the polymerase chain reaction – 35 billion copies each were produced! At each stage we learnt how to use micropipettes to transfer very very small quantities (down to 1/5 of the size of a raindrop!!) The workshop was fascinating and we were able to apply what we’ve learnt this year.

Year 13 Biology students at the We the Curious museum in Bristol.

Thanks to Mrs Baker for organising the trip and shoutout to Mike from We the Curious!