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Budding Hatfield biologists use cutting-edge kit to examine their own DNA

Hatfield schoolgirls got to play around with their own DNA after being loaned cutting-edge biotechnology equipment.

Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School sixth formers took part in an Amgen Biotechnology Experience as part of Biology Week this month.

They separated DNA from their cheek cells in the classroom, practised micro-pipetting techniques, and used a PCR machine and a UV trans-illuminator to examine their results.

The special lesson was made possible after Amgen loaned the equipment as part of its campaign to help budget-poor schools teach biotechnology and encourage careers in the industry.

The girls also got the chance to learn about career opportunities in the rapidly developing field.

Mayor of Hatfield, councillor Jack Nelson also attended.

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