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Great Hollow Students Genetically Engineer Bacteria to Glow

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Great Hollow Middle School science students are learning about genetic engineering from an expert in the field this week.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory frequently hosts students at its science labs and museum at its DNA Learning Center. There, the students perform hands-on experiments.

On Wednesday, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Elina Gottlieb visited Great Hollow Middle School eighth graders to perform a similar experiment in their own science classrooms.

Students performed genetic engineering, taking DNA from a glowing jellyfish and transplanting it into a bacteria cell. Then, the students placed the altered bacteria in a petri dish using an eyedropper. As the bacteria reproduces in coming days, it will take on the jellyfish’s green glowing trait when placed under ultraviolet light.

The students learned all sorts of practical applications for genetic engineering, including how strawberries have been engineered to be more resistant to cold weather.

The students came away understanding the value of DNA research performed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Genetic disorders such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be researched through the study of DNA.

Date Added: 4/6/2022