Genetic engineering trip to the University of Kent

On Friday 10th May, the Upper Sixth Biologists, joined by the top six Middle Fifth biology pupils, travelled to the University of Kent Biosciences department to attempt to genetically engineer some bacteria. The pupils worked in small groups, using the equipment of the University and under watchful eye and guidance of Dr Tobias von der Haar, attempted to insert the GFP (green fluorescent protein) gene from jellyfish into E.coli bacteria. This is a tricky procedure and does not always succeed. However, I am pleased to report that several of the groups managed to create transgenic bacteria. These bacteria, that fluoresce bright green when exposed to UV light, are certainly brightening up the Biology Department at St Edmund’s School!