School project for secondary level II:

Genetic Makeup and Health. Methods in Biotechnology

How can you isolate and duplicate the DNA found in your mouth? How can you recognize genetic variations? Does genetic engineering help to produce medicines with a more targeted effect? These and other questions are answered by the project "Genetic Makeup and Health. Methods in Biotechnology." All secondary level II students (10th to 13th grade) are invited to attend.

  • Before the experiment: The polymerase chain reaction is prepared at the pipetting station
  • The fascination of biotechnology: your own DNA in a test tube
Before the experiment: The polymerase chain reaction is prepared at the pipetting station

What is taught?
By analyzing DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the students receive insights into the development and diagnosis of cancers and genetic diseases. In addition to PCR, they also learn the gel electrophoresis method. The students practice working precisely, pipetting with micropipettes, taking measurements, weighing, recording data and the scientific analysis of test results.

The project applies the molecular fundamentals of genetic inheritance as well as applied genetics. Students should have basic knowledge of cytogenetic, the structure and function of DNA and initial knowledge of chromosomes, mutations and genetic diseases.

What does a day at Baylab look like?
The Baylab day begins at 9.15 a.m. After a brief welcome, the students receive a safety briefing. Lab coats and protective glasses are provided by Bayer. The instructor first explains the objectives of the project, after which the "Genetic Makeup and Health" experiments begin. A lunch break is scheduled for roughly between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.

After lunch, the students record and analyze the results of their experiments. Following a wrap-up discussion with the group, they are given a tour of the multimedia exhibition at Baykomm – with a focus on the "Health Care" exhibition room, of course. The project is scheduled to end at 4.00 p.m.

Focus on teamwork
Baylab can accommodate approximately 30 students, who are split up into small teams. They receive worksheets and instructions for the experiments, then work largely independently.

The experiments are first analyzed within the team and then discussed and compared with the entire group.

Specially trained project supervisors provide technical instruction for all of the project work.

You can register by telephone at +49 (0)214 / 30-65796.

Appointments for Baylab for February until July 2016 are fully booked. Appointments for Baylab for August 2016 until January 2017 will be available by phone from Monday, 6th of June 2016; from 8 a.m.