Alumni Fund projects

PCR machine enhances learning

PCR machine in use

Students in the School of Science and Technology are welcoming the purchase of a PCR machine, thanks to the Alumni Fund.

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine, which is housed in the new Sport Science biochemistry laboratory, will enable genetic analysis to be delivered as part of the Sports and Exercise Science undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Lecturer, Craig Sale said:  “Genetics in the area of Sport and Exercise Science is an emerging and ever expanding area.  Before the introduction of the PCR machine teaching in relation to genetic associations with exercise and health was delivered from a theoretical position. This new piece of equipment has therefore enhanced the learning experience by introducing a practical element relating to genetics.  It enables students to have hands on experience in the genotyping process.  It will also open a door to third year or MRes students thinking of conducting a multidisciplinary project.”  

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