Alu PCR for a New Generation

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Barbara’s Jumping Genes!
Bringing Scientific Spotlights and NGSS to an old favorite: Alu PCR

To what extent are we our DNA? How can human genetic variations help us understand our past? This workshop will be taught by Debbie Clark, biology & biotechnology teacher from Arroyo High School. She will help us answer these curious questions with our new NGSS-aligned retake on a 20-year old classic lesson by exploring the work of Barbara McClintock.  You’ll get to isolate your own DNA and use PCR to identify your genotype for a “jumping gene” located in a non-coding region of your DNA. Then we will determine your genotype frequency and compare it with data from other people from around the world.


When: Saturday, December 8, 2018.  8:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Where:  City College of San Francisco Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia St, San Francisco CA 94110.
Take BART! It’s Easy! BART is only 2 flat blocks away (24th & Mission Station).
If driving, we encourage carpooling. Parking at the nearby garage will be fully reimbursed.
Who: Current high school and community college science teachers only.
Extras:  Breakfast, lunch, and a $100 stipend will be provided!

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