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Y13 Biology candidates visit Manchester University for Forensic Science workshop
November 12, 2019

A group of Sixth Form pupils took part in a special workshop to boost their A Level studies.

The Year 13 Biology candidates visited the University of Manchester earlier this month for the academic event, which saw them take part in a host of different activities surrounding the subject of frog forensic science.

Head Girl Millie Collins, Arend Franssens, Holly Battersby, Keira Bonnington, Brona Richardson, Fin Hare, Raha Aminnejad and Alexandra Williams utilised techniques like PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and Gel electrophoresis to determine if frogs were related after looking at their DNA profiles.

Teacher Ian Richardson, said: “Learning about the importance of PCR, allows us to determine ancestors and untangle evolutionary mysteries.

“Manchester University plays a crucial role in the conservation of species and the group were allowed access to the vivarium to observe several critically endangered frogs which are currently being studied.”

Once each pupil completed the workshop and recorded their impressive findings following extensive work in the university’s research laboratories, they were given the opportunity to view the Manchester Museum exhibits, which included a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The Sixth Formers were also given an insight into University life, with some of them in the process of applying to the university via the UCAS system.

Rydal Penrhos School is hosting a Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday, December 3 from 5.30-7.30pm, and for more information email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or call 01492 530155.