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QIMR Year 12 Biology Excursion

On Monday 19th June, the combined Year 12 Biology classes had the opportunity to attend the Queensland Institute for Medical Research laboratories in Herston. The students were engaged throughout the day with genetic research. They were able to extract DNA and compare genomes under the guidance of Liam St.Pierre, a medical research scientist at QIMR. The students also developed their electrophoresis skills in the laboratory and were able to test out concepts they have learned of in class.The afternoon session consisted of a visit to the University of Queensland’s health facilities at the Herston Campus. Here at the IPLC students were taken on a guided tour of the medical library which holds hundreds of specimens of both healthy and unhealthy organs and tissues. Under the guidance of Dr Julie Ayer, Curator of the collection, the students were able to cement their knowledge of body systems. A highlight was being able to handle specimens that had been prepared and see how all the organs are interrelated. Dr Ayer also was able to show students specimens that have been collected over the years and a highlight was the first aortic stent that was hand sewn in 1958 used in an actual patient. Mrs Hatch, Ms Sharpe and Mr Joseph accompanied the students on the trip and are excited to start the Genetics component of Biology next term. This excursion has given the students a taste of what they will study during this unit of work. The staff and students would like to thank Mrs Smedley, LOL Science, for the opportunity to take the students to QIMR as it really was a highlight of our term​.