Earlier in the month a group of Year 13 Biology students enjoyed a trip to Exeter University and spent the day in a microbiology lab, doing some interesting research, as well as having a chance to look around the university. Ethan Cobb and Dom Cork describe what they were did:
During our trip to Exeter University we took samples of our saliva and performed a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to amplify a specific part of our DNA. We spent the day in the lab using the university's apparatus including some new equipment such as the PCR machine which provided an interesting insight into what lab work at university may be like. At the end of the day, we analysed our results using ultraviolet light to see if we were AUX-/AUX+ Homozygous or Heterozygous. Throughout the day, we were also given a tour of Exeter University’s facilities such as the sports centre. In conclusion, it was a really engaging and insightful day.