Sprinters Gene

Secondary ProgramsOnsite

This program looks at how to screen for the ACTN3 Gene (or Sprinter’s Gene) before exploring the concept of gene cloning.

In the first session, students develop a technique to screen for the Sprinter’s Allele of the gene. Concepts covered in this session include:

  • Restriction enzyme digests
  • Gel electrophoresis (both protein and DNA)
  • DNA sequencing

The second session involves students cloning and expressing the Sprinter’s Allele in a bacteria model. Concepts covered in this session include:

  • PCR
  • Restriction enzyme digests
  • Plasmid vectors
  • Bacterial promotors

Students will be hands on through the session and be guided by a mentor in small groups.

Program suitability

VCE Biology Unit 3-4

Program duration

Full day

Class size

12 - 24
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