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Come take a look at the world of biotechnology

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School Group Tours

Biotechnology is now impacting everything from the medicines we use to the food we eat. We would like to invite you and your school groups to visit our newest science facility on the ASU campus and learn about some of the exciting new discoveries in the area of biotechnology that are going on right here at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute-ASU!

This is a two part science module geared towards middle and high school-aged students. This experience is intended to give your students an opportunity to see the workings of an active, high tech, research facility and to learn with a hands-on demo how scientists get DNA out of food we eat!

This is an 1 1/2 hour tour where your students (maximum of 30) will be divided into two small groups for a tour and science demo.

Part 1

The tour of our new, state-of-the-art Arkansas Biosciences Institute at ASU will expose your students to biotechnology research focused at the interface of agriculture, medicine and health. Your students will get a guided tour of the ABI that will include a birds-eye view of our transgenic plant facility and several of our laboratories as well as an overview of the on-going research at the ABI that is dedicated to improving the lives and health of all Arkansans.

Part 2

A hands-on-demonstration will introduce your students to some very basic molecular biology principles scientists use to extract DNA out of strawberries. This is an opportunity to take a fun exercise and give the students a practical application that integrates concepts from chemistry, biology and mathematics to pull DNA out of some common food that we eat.

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