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Pupils run DNA profiles at CSI-style workshops.

PUPILS have been running DNA profiles in 'crime scene investigation' style workshops at Coventry University.

Around 250 pupils from schools across the region have been participating in practical, science-based laboratory sessions at the university's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

The popular annual event gives Year 10 and 12 pupils access to the university's sophisticated equipment to get a taste of real world scientific research.

Students took DNA swabs for profiling, conduced other chemical and molecular analysis techniques such as flame photometry and plasmid mapping, and carried out light harnessing photosynthesis experiments. The sessions all form part of Coventry University's outreach programme.

Clare Taylor, a chemistry teacher at Coventry's Blue Coat School, which participated in the project, said: "This has been a great experience for our pupils and has given them a brief taste of the university experience.

"I'm sure that's something that they will think back on when their time with us comes to an end and they're deciding what to do next."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 18, 2013
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