Intro to Plant Genetics @ Genspace

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Intro to Plant Genetics @ Genspace

hosted by Genspace

Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00am - Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:00pm

140 32nd St, Suite 108
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States


“150 years ago, Gregor Mendel’s pea plants hinted at the existence of genes, but it took almost a century before we knew that genes were made of DNA. Today, we know that living things use the information in their DNA like a blueprint that determines their features, but how does that blueprint determine those features? How did the DNA in Mendel’s pea plants determine their color, size, or shape?

In this class we will use mustard plants to explore how changes in the sequence of DNA can lead to changes in proteins and physical characteristics. You will learn how to use the following techniques to compare two plants with different genes:
-DNA purification
-Polymerase Chain Reaction
-DNA Sequencing

You’ll learn about how cells use the information in our genes to specify physical traits. We will also discuss how the lessons learned in the class relate to human variation and disease. No prior experience is necessary.”