Testing DNA in Class

Posted at: 04/09/2013 4:39 PM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 6:23 PM

A science teacher at Eveleth-Gilbert high school spent time at Princeton University last summer, learning new experiments.

And now, those experiments are coming to life for his students.

Tim Strasser's 10th grade biology students are testing their own DNA.

They're using equipment donated to them by Princeton and two bio-tech companies in the Twin Cities.

We were there when the students were copying and magnifying their cheek swab samples.

On Wednesday, they'll be able to look at the results.

"It's more real, and it's personal, since you're looking at your own DNA," said Alyssa Olson.

"It's different than what we usually do, so that's cool. It's a look at what the science industry really does," added Maija Depaulis.

Strasser said he plans on starting two college level courses next year, based on the Princeton curriculum he learned. One will be Forensic Biology, and one will be Genetics.

"If this can pique their interest, it could get them see the connections that science has with so many things, and start other conversations about science," Strasser explained about his new experiments.