North Island Secondary School students Chabanee Matilpi and Dane Dick extract DNA from a kiwi during a lesson sponsored by Genome BC's Geneskool.

CSI: Port McNeill at NISS

Genome BC Geneskool visited NISS last week, giving students a chance to practice forensics for a day.

PORT McNEILL—North Island secondary school students became forensic crime investigators for a day and learned to extract DNA with the help of staff from the Genome BC Geneskool Friday.

Teams of instructors from Vancouver-based Geneskool visited North Island Secondary School and Port Hardy Secondary School for the day, and provided several classes at each school a chance to solve a mock crime and perform other genetic experiments.

The interactive lesson began with a mock “murder” on a ski outing. Students were given a list of six suspects and each suspect’s statement to investigators. The students were then encouraged to ask for other clues and evidence, ranging from fingerprints to blood typing and, finally, to a DNA test to determine who committed the deed.

They then were shown how to extract DNA from a kiwi fruit, using a solution containing detergent, saline solution, isopropyl alcohol and other ingredients.

Genome BC provided all the materials used in the instruction, which came at no cost to School District 85. The visits were part of a larger Vancouver Island tour that included stops in Port Alberni, Nanaimo and Ladysmith.

Genome BC’s Geneskool, which also hosts a summer science camp, tours the province to promote science education and the study of genetics in schools. It is funded by a range of public and private partners, led by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Island Bantam Eagles ice Clippers, clinch Tier 2 league banner

“We will enjoy the moment for now, but… it’s back to work on Tuesday”

Upgrades to Port Hardy arena hinge on grant funding

The district is waiting on grant approval from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program.

Scarlett Point lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize”

Bradshaw’s Photo Highlight: North Island beauty

“don’t forget to look up and observe the beauty of the whole North Island”

LETTER: Miles put on the car causes North Island driver to reflect

“Up here in Port McNeill we are so blessed with nature’s tranquillity all around us”

Hospital patient pleads guilty to dumbbell assault of nurse in Abbotsford

Neale Heath admits to assault causing bodily harm in attack last September

‘Epic sky palace’: B.C. businesses help create dream treehouse for boy recovering from cancer

‘It was kind of a bright shining beacon at the end of a horrible, dark tunnel’

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

B.C. teacher suspended for poking student in stomach, pulling another’s ponytail

Teacher also swore in classroom, used Facebook to contact students

Larry Walker Jr. and Sr. keeping expectations low for hall-of-fame induction

Walker needs 75 percent of votes in order to be inducted into Cooperstown

Gene Simmons to launch new Titans of Rock music festival in Grand Forks

The rock legend has partnered with Chuck Varabioff to run Titans of Rock in Grand Forks

VIDEO: 17 Husky pups rescued from Interior B.C. property find new homes

The BC SPCA caught the moment on video the last puppy, Uki, met his owners

U.S. officials confirm first case of Wuhan coronavirus near Seattle

The U.S. is the fifth country to report seeing the illness

Most Read