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Advanced Higher Biology trip to King's Buildings

Last week the Advanced Higher Biology class visited the King’s Buildings of the University of Edinburgh where they had the opportunity to explore many lab techniques normally unavailable to school pupils. 

Vaila Robertson (right) gave her thoughts on the trip. “In the morning we took to the lab to investigate gel electrophoresis.  It was a great experience as this is something that we have not only talked about in class but it is also a very common technique which is used in labs everywhere, so to finally try it ourselves advanced our understanding and deepened our knowledge of how gel electrophoresis can be used in many versatile situations.  In the afternoon we visited several university buildings to look at Epigenetics, how imaging is used in biology and to tour a research lab, giving us the opportunity to see the instruments used.  We ended the day by listening to a doctor at the university talking about his cutting edge research that he had carried out recently.  Overall, the experience was fascinating and gave us the opportunity to see what we had learnt about in class in a real life setting.  A big thank you to Mr Jones for taking us and Mr Stewart for driving the minibus.”

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