Forensics Field Trip to DNA Learning Center

Ms. Farrales’ Forensics class took a trip to the DNA Learning Center in Brooklyn New York for a hands-on DNA Fingerprinting Lab.  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC), a collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY), is located at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in Brooklyn. DNALC NYC brings the experience of a molecular genetics lab to high school students. These programs are taught in state of the art bioinformatics labs and are staffed by educators and Ph.D. biologists.  Students conducted several experiments using their own DNA! Students collected samples, extracted DNA and examined it for specific markers, which vary from person to person.  The anonymous results were uploaded to a database allowing students to analyze and compare their results.