Biotechnology techniques, genetic manipulation, gene doping

  • The Sprinters Gene

  • Sprinters Gene: Profiling is a unique introduction to the concepts of genetic diversity and analysis. Students use cutting edge biotechnology tools to analyse protein and DNA samples to investigate the genotype of the ACTN3 allele (Sprinters Gene) in athletes. 

    PLEASE NOTE: This program is not run under SAC conditions and is suggested to be used as a practical laboratory experience that addresses the following content: 

    - Use of restriction enzyme digests and gel electrophoresis in sorting DNA fragments, including interpretation of gel runs.

    - Techniques that apply DNA knowledge (specifically gene cloning, genetic screening and DNA profiling) including social and ethical implications and issues.

     

    Sprinters Gene: Gene Manipulation is an introduction to the developing issue of gene doping in athletes. Students investigate the issue by exploring the techniques and concepts used to transfer genetic material. Students use cutting edge biotechnology tools to use recombinant plasmids to transform a bacterial colony.

    PLEASE NOTE: This program is not run under SAC conditions and is suggested to be used as a practical laboratory experience that addresses the following content: 

    - Genetic modification of organisms.

    - Amplification of DNA using the polymerase chain reaction.

    - The use of recombinant plasmids as vectors to transform bacterial cells.

     

    SUITABLE FOR: VCE Biology

    PROGRAM DURATION: 2 hours/can be combined with DNA Profiling to create full day experience

    MAX CLASS SIZE: 24