May 28, 2018
For 20 students from schools of the national excellence school network MINT-EC, today (May 28th) marks the start of the MINT-EC camp on the topic of DNA analysis at Jacobs University Bremen. The participants come from all parts of Germany as well as Austria and Turkey. During the five day research camp, the students will work in labs and get to know student life in lectures and seminars. The camp's topic is the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method of modern molecular biology that makes it possible to reproduce DNA sequences in a targeted manner.
PCR is therefore used not only in research labs but is also a central element in modern medical diagnostics. Furthermore, PCR is also used in securing evidence and in forensics as well as in detecting genetic modifications.