University of Central Lancashire Trip
Thirty year 7 students dressed in lab coats, goggles and wearing nitrile gloves spent four hours working as a forensic scientist at the University of Central Lancashire. They experienced what it would be like to work in a forensics lab investigating a fictional murder. They evaluated the crime scene and suspect DNA samples using fibre analysis and modern molecular biological techniques including restriction digests and gel electrophoresis. This workshop was a great introduction to genetics and forensic analysis. The skills developed during the workshop were those usually mastered at university level, included use of micropipettes and the very tricky preparation of the gel electrophoresis plates.