In Week 8 our Year 12 ATAR Biology class attended the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands. Our students investigated how to use Biotechnological techniques to; amplify a human gene with PCR, visualise the product with gel electrophoresis and identify the mutation with gene sequencing. They were specifically looking at the BRAF gene mutation that can contribute to melanoma.  

Reinforcing their knowledge of Biotechnology techniques, our students gained a valuable insight into working in a cutting-edge laboratory and investigating challenges like overcoming cancer in human populations.

Mr Thorne  – Biology Teacher