St. Mary's Dominican High School

Biotechnology Club

We will investigate current topics such as PCR and gel electrophoresis experimentation, pharmacogenomics, genomics and personalized medicine, molecular methods in cancer diagnosis, epigenetics and stem cell research. The bioethical issues involved with these new technological developments in science and medicine will be explored from the Catholic/Christian perspective.

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Spiders, Oh My!

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Guest Speaker Dr. Aimée K. Thomas, a 1991 Dominican graduate, gave a presentation about spiders to the Biotechnology Club. Dr. Thomas is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Assistant Director for the Office of Teacher Certification at Loyola University New Orleans. She received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Biology and Ph.D.   …Continue Reading


DNA Strands to Necklaces

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Using their DNA, students in St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Biotechnology Club conducted a DNA extraction experiment and created necklaces. Each student extracted her own DNA from her cheek cells and created a necklace with her DNA strands. The Biotechnology Club investigates current topics such as pharmacogenomics, molecular methods in cancer diagnosis, epigenetics and stem cell   …Continue Reading


Fall Beach Sweep

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Members of the Ecology and Stewardship Club and the Biotechnology Club volunteered for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) annual Fall Beach Sweep; a day designated to clean up the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Students picked up debris and recorded their collections on data cards that catalogue and quantify the types and amounts of trash collected.   …Continue Reading


Biotechnology Club, ELISA Test

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The Biotechnology Club performed an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunoabsorbant assay) test which is used to detect infection by testing patients’ blood (simulated) for the presence or absence of antibodies against a particular pathogen such as viruses or bacteria. Club moderator is Mrs. Janine Koenig.  


Biotechnology Club Extracts DNA

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Members of the Biotechnology Club extracted their own DNA from their cheek cells and created a necklace with the DNA strands. Click here for the full photo gallery!  


Beach Sweep

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Ecology and Biotechnology Club members from St. Mary’s Dominican High School volunteered for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) annual Fall Beach Sweep; a day designated to clean up the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Along Bayou St. John, the students picked up debris and recorded their collections on data cards that catalogue and quantify the types and   …Continue Reading


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