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Baldwin students examine their own DNA


As part of the science elective forensics course, 31 Baldwin High School students recently visited the DNA Learning Center West in Lake Success to participate in Forensics DNA Profiling: D1S80.

Hosted by Cold Spring Harbor Labs, students extracted, prepared, analyzed and studied their own DNA samples throughout the day for a specific genetic sequence on the first chromosome using gel electrophoresis and a chip analyzer.

They were able to see firsthand current and cutting-edge DNA analysis technology that can be used to test much smaller DNA samples more accurately than most conventional methods.