DNA Strands to Necklaces

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 research. They also perform experiments such as PCR DNA analysis and gel electrophoresis. The bioethical issues involved with these new technological developments in science and medicine are explored from the Catholic/Christian perspective.