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After School Program

Barcode of Life - Exploratory Class

February 24, 2014 - April 2, 2014


DNA replicating


Have you ever wanted to know more about the biological organisms that surround you? In this course, we will explore a cutting edge methodology that has helped scientists all over the world identify and study biodiversity: DNA Barcoding. This scientific methodology can be applied to explore and answer a great diversity of questions: Does the leather used to make this purse, belt, or wallet come from an endangered, illegally harvested species? Does the bug I found in my room cause health problems? Are the plants growing in my backyard native or invasive species? Students in this course will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on labs to learn the basics of DNA barcoding. They will also learn basic concepts in ecology, biodiversity and conservation biology.

This course is offered free as part of the Urban Barcode Research Program. In order to qualify for the program, you must have taken the DNA Detectives course offered in the previous session of the After School Program.                     

Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Meeting Dates: 2/24, 2/26, 3/3, 3/5, 3/10, 3/12, 3/17, 3/19, 3/24, 3/26, 3/31, 4/2

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Phone: 212-769-5100

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