In Dream Design Develop, students are analysing the results of their foray into genetic transformation.
This week our students are transferring a piece of DNA, known as green fluorescent protein or GFP, into the single celled bacteria E.coli. GFP is a gene from a jelly fish and the reason why some glow green. Students used this genetic transfer to produce glowing E. coli bacteria.
They then investigated the effect of internal and external factors on gene expression and the mechanisms by which DNA becomes an expressed trait. Not bad for their first foray in genetic transformation!