Unzipping Your DNA
Everywhere in our bodies are the secrets of who we are and where we came from. In this highly interactive camp, you will investigate your own body at the molecular level to find out your “secrets”. Using many hands-on activities and games, we will learn about genetics. We will use the tools and techniques used by geneticists in laboratories around the world such as micropipettes, centrifuges, PCR machines, electrophoresis and professional software to investigate our own DNA. You will extract your DNA and isolate the gene that will tell you your maternal lineage and haplogroup going back 10,000 years. You will find out your genotype for specific traits. We will also sequence and compare genes from plants and animals in our neighborhoods as well as lab specimens. At the end of the week, parents are invited to see the poster each child prepared about their favorite genetics topic!