Genetics: Unzipping Your DNA, Commonwealth,10-13

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!

Co-Led by Jessica Maxfield and Carolina Opene.

Jessica is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawaii where she maps the sex change pathway in Gobiid Fish in order to elucidate the link between genes, phenotype and the environment. She previously conducted research at UC Berkeley and taught at San Francisco State University, where she earned her M.S. in Biology. (Jessica will only be teaching the weeks of June 15, and June 22)

Carolina 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.

Note: Lunch meals and AM/PM care are available. Please contact Celsius and Beyond directly to purchase.

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