Saturday DNA!

Welcome to the Spring 2018 Saturday DNA! programs!

Come to the science scene on Saturdays!
Join us for exciting, Saturday DNA! sessions!

Add some DNA to your day . . .

One session is offered for each Saturday. The April and June sessions are for ages 10-13, with a chaperone required. The May session is for ages 14 to adult, with a chaperone required for participants under age 15.

All sessions are two hours long: 10:00 am – noon. Chaperones register, pay, and fully participate in program activities.

Sessions are $22.00 per person, per session ($44.00 per session for a participating student and accompanying chaperone) plus the Eventbrite registration fee.

The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. (Directions to this location.)

Please note we use Eventbrite for registration and payment!

  • All seats, in every session, must be reserved using Eventbrite. We do not accept walk-ins.
  • Seats for each session are awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
  • The name and phone number of each ticket purchaser and/or chaperone and the name and age of each minor registrant must be included on your Eventbrite registration. We will not honor reservations that fail to provide this information. If you do not provide this information, your reservation will be cancelled and your registration fee will be refunded.
  • Chaperones must be 18 or older..
  • Once you are registered and payment is made, you will receive an email which will be your entry ticket.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Molecular Detectives

10:00 AM–noon
Ages 14-adult, chaperone required for students under 15

DNA restriction analysis is at the heart of recombinant DNA technology. The ability to cut DNA predictably and precisely lets scientists manipulate DNA molecules at will. This activity introduces DNA analysis through DNA digestion with restriction enzymes and agarose gel electrophoresis. Join us to try the techniques and attempt to explain a “mystery” sample’s interesting result!

Participants will:

  • Learn the basic principles of restriction digestion and gel electrophoresis;
  • Make an agarose gel and electrophorese samples of digested DNA;
  • Analyze and interpret results to determine the cause of the “mystery” result.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Got Lactase?

10:00 AM–noon
Ages 10–13, chaperone required

Over 60% of humans worldwide are lactose intolerant. In humans, lactose intolerance is considered an ancestral trait because mammals usually stop producing the digestive enzyme after weaning off their mothers’ milk. Does this happen in humans too? Why, then, are some humans able to continue drinking milk after infancy? Join us to better understand the very interesting story of how a combination of genetics and culture has affected our evolution.

Participants will:

  • Discuss the details of lactose intolerance, and how it affects different populations;
  • Use enzymes to digest lactose;
  • Investigate the lactose levels of different dairy products.
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