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Polymerase Chain Reaction

On Wednesday 18th September all Higher Biology students had a visit from Lucienne McCallum from Timstar. 

Lucinne  showed the pupils how to carry out the process of Polymerase Chain Reaction, using unfamiliar equipment such as the thermal cycler, micro pipettes and the electrophoresis machine. 

The process of PCR is a method widely used in molecular biology to make several copies of a specific DNA segment. The amplified DNA can be used for forensics, paternity testing or identification of genetic diseases. 

The visit allowed the pupils to apply their theoretical knowledge to a practical setting. The pupils were praised for their ability and confidence during the session.