Saturday DNA!

Welcome to the Winter 2016 Saturday DNA! programs!

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Join us for exciting, new Saturday DNA! sessions!

Add some DNA to your day . . .

One session is offered for each Saturday in this newsletter. The January and February sessions are for ages 10-13 with an accompanying chaperone. The March session is for students ages 14 to adult with accompanying chaperone for participants under 15. All sessions are two hours long: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Chaperones fully participate in all program activities.

Sessions are $20.00 per person ($40.00 for a participating student and accompanying chaperone.)

The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. Click to view directions to the Dolan DNA Learning Center.

What you need to do:

DOWNLOAD Reservation Guidelines in PDF

  • Read through the descriptions of the activities when available, and decide which sessions you might like to attend.
  • You must read and follow the instructions on the Reservation Guidelines. Applications not adhering to these guidelines will be returned.
  • Download reservation forms for the Saturday DNA! sessions you are interested in.
  • Reserve your space by completing and returning a reservation form with your payment. You must include a separate check or money order for each session you plan to attend.

Mailing address:

DNA Learning Center/CSHL
One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Saturday DNA! information line: (516) 367-5168
Main office line: (516) 367-5170

Location of Event:
Dolan DNA Learning Center
334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724.

Saturday DNA! was developed by our educational and scientific staff to serve children, teens, and adults interested in DNA programs outside of the school setting. We offer a variety of 2-hour laboratory- and computer-based sessions.

Download a PDF of the newsletter for the programs we offer.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 SESSION CLOSED



1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10 – 13; chaperone required

Techniques utilized by scientists to study the world on both a macroscopic and microscopic scale can also be used to create unique art and imageries. Join us to discover the wonders of the natural world through art and to observe the inherent connection between science and art.

During this activity students will:

  • make a bacterial print using genetically engineered bacteria;
  • manipulate DNA with enzymes to create a fun-patterned gel image;
  • gain an appreciation for both the function and beauty of different scientific applications.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 SESSION CLOSED


Otzi’s First Aid Kit

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10 – 13; chaperone required

Five thousand years ago a man died on a glacier in the Italian Alps. His body was frozen in ice. His mummy was discovered in 1991, along with his many belongings, and he was named “Otzi” the Iceman. One of the items he carried was a fungus that is known to have antibiotic and styptic effects. Join us to test similar items for antibiotic properties and compare the results to modern antibiotics!

Students will:

  • learn about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance;
  • design an experiment testing antibiotic properties of items said to have antibacterial or antibiotic effects;
  • view the Iceman exhibit and see what a 5,000 year old first aid kit looked like.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 SESSION CLOSED


Protein Aglow

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 14 – Adult; under 15 years chaperone required

GFP (green fluorescent protein) is a protein used by molecular biologists to visualize other proteins in cells. Originally found in the Pacific jellyfish Aequorea victoria, the gene for this protein has been inserted into a plethora of organisms including plants, mice, and bacteria. Come learn how scientists use GFP to better understand genetic diseases such as cancer and use a simple method to isolate GFP from engineered cells.

In this session participants will:

  • learn about the history of GFP’s use in biology;
  • understand how GFP’s structure can be used to separate it from other cellular proteins;
  • isolate and purify GFP from living cells.
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