Geneticist reveals the building blocks of life to budding young scientists at Oliver Tomkins Primary School

By Ben Fitzgerald - 12 March 2019

CommunityPrimary

Budding young scientists at Oliver Tomkins Primary School got to grips with the building blocks of life - with the help of geneticist Dr Lisa Mullan.

The author and scientist spent time at the school with year 5 and 6 pupils - giving them a grounding in the science behind how our unique genetic information, stored in our DNA.
Dr Mullan has written several children's books about the subject, including My DNA Diary, which uses cartoon characters to bring the subject to life.She explained: "It's an increasingly important area of science and it's great that the children are being given the opportunity to learn about it at this early stage."
Children were given the chance to see DNA first-hand, by carrying out their own practical experiments to isolate and extract DNA strands from a strawberry using household ingredients.

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