Year 13 students from HNC’s Applied Science course have recently undertaken a hands-on degree level workshop focusing on DNA isolation, amplification and separation techniques in an opportunity to stretch and challenge their knowledge in preparation for delivering one of the final pieces of coursework on genetics.

In the session – delivered by the University of Huddersfield’s School of Applied Sciences in their state-of-the-art laboratories– the group undertook a practical workshop to explore DNA isolation, amplification and separation using a technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). This is a technique that allows Scientists to amplify fragments of DNA, a process that has many benefits, from diagnosing diseases to producing a higher yield of crops in agriculture.

As well as taking part in the workshop, the group also had the opportunity to explore the facilities at the University and discover more about the wide variety of progression routes available to them post-HNC. Alan Sutton, Teacher of Applied Science, comments “In Applied Science, students spend a considerable amount of time studying genetics – and in the final year of the course students undertake coursework related to DNA isolation, amplification and separation. This degree level workshop delivered by the University of Huddersfield has really supported our students’ wider understanding of this complex topic and will support their knowledge as they progress through to their STEM related degrees and careers. I’m incredibly proud of how our students engaged with this challenging workshop – they truly are working hard to become their best selves”.

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