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140 Balboa Street @ 3rd Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Unzipping Your DNA - Genetics

Mostly Girls


Somewhere deep in your body are the secrets to who you are and where you came from. In this highly interactive class we will investigate our own body and the world around us at the molecular level. We will use tools and techniques used by geneticists in laboratories around the world such as micropipettes, centrifuges, PCR machines, electrophoresis and more. We will extract our own DNA to find out our genotype for specific traits. We will explore our heritage by looking at a conserved gene sequence. We will also sequence and compare genes from plants and animals in our neighborhoods as well as lab specimens. There are an estimated 8.7 million species on the planet and only a small fraction of them have been identified by scientists. Maybe you will discover a whole new species!

Led By Caroline Opene. Caroline is a medical school student at UCSF. She previously conducted research at UC San Diego on the role of proteins in cardiac myocytes as well as gene expression of brittle star Ophiocoma wendtii. Caroline has a B.S. in cell and molecular biology from California State University, Long Beach.

Wednesdays- Fall Session

September 9, 16, 23, 30 
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11

Hours: 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Grades: 4-5, mostly girls
Fee: $400 per 10 meeting / 20 hours, Plus $35 material fee
Location: 140 Balboa @ 3rd Ave.

Please register online. For questions either email: or call 415.221.6161