Trip to the Gene Pool

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We met with Heidi Davis to learn about the genetics lab at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research.


In the lab, we tried our hands at running a gel electrophoresis procedure. Intern Alicia uses a pipette to load DNA into the gel.


Ms. Davis ran an electric current through the gel to separate the different strands of DNA by size.


At the end of the day, we toured the lab. Ms. Davis detailed the dangers of working in a laboratory and the precautions she must take daily.