Genetic Engineering

At a glance

Cost: £220

Duration: 5 Hours

Subject: Science

Level: KS4/5

Numbers: 20 max.

Adults: One adult per 15 students

Session Summary

DNA is the blueprint of an organism. Molecular biologists have discovered specialised enzymes that can cut specific genes and join together strands to build customised DNA. The manipulation of DNA has many applications, e.g. in the food and medical industries. In this session, students have the opportunity to do some genetic engineering for themselves, using restriction enzymes to cut DNA and analyse the results using gel electrophoresis. Students are provided with complementary and additional knowledge of the real-life applications of genetic engineering and also first-hand experience of laboratory equipment. This session is delivered by a current PhD researcher from the University of Manchester.

Session Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Learn to measure small quantities of liquid using a micropipette
  • Cut DNA by adding a restriction (cutting) enzyme to DNA samples provided, then incubating them
  • Prepare an agarose gel and set up an electrophoresis tank
  • Load DNA onto a gel and separate DNA samples using electrophoresis
  • Learn to stain DNA specifically within the gel and visualise DNA samples
  • Interpret and predict the pattern of DNA fragments on a gel following separation by electrophoresis
  • Develop a greater understanding of the importance of accuracy and reliability in experimental science, including the significance of experimental controls
  • Discuss ethical issues surrounding genetic engineering
  • Be encouraged to ask questions about university life and careers in science

Gallery Time

During this workshop students will visit our Living Worlds gallery.

If you are planning to spend time exploring other galleries at the Museum either before or after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form, below.

Make a Booking

If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630 or email



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