A Question of Taste: Using Polymerase Chain Reaction to Investigate Human Evolution
Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton Street, Manchester M13 9WU, UK
20 September 2009 - 02/07/2010 10am-3pm
A one-day practical workshop for post-16 students, running from September 2009 to July 2010 and fully compliant with new A-level specifications. The workshop is part of the national Survival Rivals project, funded by the Wellcome Trust to celebrate 200 years since Charles Darwin's birth and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection under the heading of Darwin 200.
This workshop explores the evolution of an unusual trait where some people taste a particular chemical as being horribly bitter, while others can't taste it at all. Why have we evolved these two responses? What evolutionary advantage could each have given us?
Those attending the workshop should gain an improved understanding of the theory and practical application of a range of techniques including:
extraction of one's own DNA;
analysis of DNA bands.
Attendance fees are £300 per workshop, with attendance by a maximum of 25 students per workshop. 30 travel bursaries of £200 are available for state-funded schools and colleges based over 30 miles from the venue, and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To book a workshop, contact the Nowgen Centre at or on +44 (0)161 276 8947.