DNA Workshop

Strawberry and bananas for DNA extraction.

Strawberry and bananas for DNA extraction.

What a weekend at The Edge! On Saturday I participated in the Awesome Bio-Micro-Fashion workshop and learnt a bit more about plant microscopy with Melody from QUT.

On Sunday I facilitated a DNA Jewellery workshop with Pahia – always super fun!  This time around, we had a few more samples to process – strawberries, bananas and split peas.

DNA workshop materials.

DNA workshop materials.

Before we got into the hands-on kitchen science part of the workshop, we looked at some key terms and contemporary research in the field of genetics.

DNA workshop.

DNA workshop.

We also had a look at a few art-science projects involving jewellery making, including the DNA jewellery of designer Elaine Young and the Biojewellery project by Tobie Kerridge and Nikki Stott.  After this brief introduction to the fabulous world of genetics and art-science interactions, we started getting our hands dirty in Lab 2.

Filtering the strawberry mush.

Filtering the strawberry mush.

Separating the DNA.

Separating the DNA.

Collecting the DNA.

Collecting the DNA.

Adding DNA to jewellery pieces.

Adding DNA to jewellery pieces.

DNA necklace.

DNA necklace.

DNA keyring.

DNA keyring.

Keep posted for more awesome workshops at The Edge!

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