Guest Post from Promega Technical Services Scientist, Caroline Davis.
On a snowy day in January, someone stole the cookies that were to be served with lunch from the Rome Corners Intermediate School cafeteria. The kids were distraught. What should they do? Luckily, the Green 2 Team science class was there with Promega’s Technical Service Outreach team (and Paraj Mandrekar, Senior Research Scientist and Green 2 Team Dad) to help.
The students realized that the thief had taken a bite out of a strawberry and left part of it behind, along with his DNA. After a short discussion on what DNA is and why you would want to isolate DNA, the 6th graders extracted DNA from strawberries using household reagents under the guidance of the Promega scientists. The students used pipettors, beakers, microfuge tubes and flipper racks, giving the students a glimpse of the tools that scientists use everyday in in a molecular biology lab. Continue reading “Who Stole the Cookies? Technical Services Scientists Offer DNA Labs to Area Schools”