Fifteen year 10 Extended Science the Year 12 Biologists visited Bayer's teaching laboratories in Reading.
The students were faced with hands-on practical Biology challenges in state of the art laboratories.
Year10 Students had the opportunity to extend their knowledge, outside of a classroom setting, abput enzyme activity. They tested for proteins; proved enzymes are proteins and linked this to enzyme specificity. They also learnt how to immobilise enzymes and finished by making lactose free milk.
Year 12 attended the genetics workshop which allowed students to determine their ‘phenotype’ and ‘genotype’ for a taste receptor that we share with our primate ancestors . Students extracted and tested their own DNA using modern molecular biological techniques to compare their phenotype with their genotype. The workshop, developed with the Wellcome Trust to mark Darwin's 200th birthday, demonstrated how we as a species have evolved to lose the ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide, a chemical found in vegetables such as broccoli.
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