Extracting and Analyzing Our Own DNA
by Jennifer Vuturo Brady
These activities are designed to introduce high school students to current molecular biology techniques while building upon their understanding of cytology and genetics. Students participate in the extraction and agarose gel electrophoresis of their own DNA. They learn fundamental molecular biology skills and concepts through a series of hands-on laboratory activities. Students enjoy seeing their own DNA and learning how scientists can study it. They then apply what they know about DNA profiling and Mendelian genetics to a real case study. They interpret DNA profiles and study behavioral data in order to determine why Harris' hawks form cooperative nesting groups in the Southwest United States.
The University of Arizona
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
General Biology Program for Secondary Teachers