"Wow! That's really DNA?" Students' enthusiasm soared as they extracted DNA from bananas while engaging in the ISU Biotechnology activity that helps them understand how scientists find the genes responsible for their own human traits and genetic disorders. Students also learned about some of the latest genetic technology.
Zeller led students through an understanding of the decision-making process associated with the collection and use of DNA and related ethics. Students learned how to use equipment and techniques associated with modern day forensics.
"ISU Extension and ISU Biotechnology Outreach Center's support has made a significant impact on our students' interest in the sciences and many students now see science as a possible career," said Cherokee Middle school teacher, Diane Rochleau.
"No topic touches people as personally or profoundly as this one. We all wonder about the possibilities and uses that new biological technologies offer. The ISU Biotechnology initiative will help students think about the implications to personal uses and future employment opportunities," said Zeller.
To find out more about the ISU Biotechnology Outreach Education Center, visit www.biotech.iastate.edu or contact the local ISU Extension Cherokee County Extension Office at 712-225-6196 or ISU Extension Northwest Area Youth Field Specialist, Carol Ehlers at 1-877-281-5397.