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Glass or plastic vials with lids
What is a Biotechnology Technician What do they do?
Ask how many students can curl their tongues many will be able to, but some will not. Why? How did we get this ability?
It is an inherited trait. We got the trait/ability from our parents. What is it that transfers traits from our parents to us? GENES give our cells instructions for building our bodies (eye color, hair color, etc.)
Genes are made up of DNA. DNA contains the instructions for making an organism, including YOU! Your DNA determines how you look, what blood type you have, even your tendency to get some diseases. Your DNA is unique no one else has your exact same DNA (unless you are an identical twin). If the DNA for just one cell of your body could be laid out end to end, it would measure 6 feet long.
In this activity, you will isolate your very own DNA from your cheek cells. Its easy and painless cheek cells are continuously being sloughed off.