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YSJ's latest endeavours

Members of the Young Scientists Journal Hub have organised a two-day after-school programme to provide Y8 to Y11 students with an opportunity to become genetic engineers.

On day 1, they gave an introductory presentation and taught their peers how to transform bacteria with a foreign gene coding for the green fluorescent protein. On day 2, participants observed their 'glow-in-the-dark' bacteria, considered different applications of the technology and even came up with their own ideas for a genetically modified organism that would be useful or could solve a world problem. It was a great success and the feedback from the 21 participants was excellent. The YSJ students will enter the Aspire to Engineer: Genetic Engineering Challenge with a one minute video of this event. Wish them luck!