Biotechnology has been revolutionized by the techniques of genetic engineering that have been developed in recent years. In this course, students will learn some of the fundamentals of molecular biology and have the chance to do hands-on genetic engineering. Already today, engineers use this technology to modify living cells of plants and bacteria so that they produce important biomedical products such as human insulin. Students will learn these techniques and then apply them in the laboratory themselves, using the gene for the harmless but interesting firefly luciferase enzyme.*
Eligible students should have at least 1 year's coursework in Biology and Chemistry. AP Biology experience is a plus but not a pre-requisite.
* Course description, syllabus, and instructional staff subject to change without prior notice.