Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students in Greg Gorniok’s AP Biology class recently traveled to the Biotechnology Teaching Center at SUNY Stony Brook’s Center for Science and Math Education to conduct a hands-on learning experience in biotechnology.
“Students genetically engineered bacteria through transformation with plasmid DNA,” said Gorniok. “They learned techniques used to insert genes from jellyfish and sea anemones into bacteria. The transformed bacteria were then able to produce proteins, which made them glow.”
The lab activity emphasized experimental design and applications of biotechnology in various industries, such as medicine, agriculture and environmental cleanup. Recent scientific breakthroughs in molecular biology research and their social implications were also discussed.