At the end of last year, the year 12 class visited LIFE in Newcastle where they participated in an laboratory workshop . The activities were investigating how DNA technology is used in forensic science and how an individual’s unique DNA can provide evidence to link them to the scene of a crime.

The students were able to compare DNA from a crime scene with that taken from five suspects and use restriction enzymes and gel electrophoresis to determine who might have committed the crime.

The group then visited the amazing ANIMALS INSIDE OUT exhibition. Thanks to the science of plastination, invented by Dr Gunther von Hagens, each animal has been painstakingly preserved allowing visitors to see what lies beneath nature’s skin in intricate detail.

The exhibition aims to illustrate the complexity of animal physiology, exploring the inner workings of animals and the systems that allow them to live, thrive and survive. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT also shows how different animals have evolved both in their anatomy and their organ function to their natural habitats such as the elephant’s trunk or the giraffe’s long neck.