|Umbrella ferns- Stichus cunninghamii|
| Gentiana bellidifolia -not a fern but very cool|
So this week has been a real science focus. On Tuesday Leon and I made our way up,up,up to Victoria University Kirk building , floor 6 , to a chemistry lab where we began a procedure to extract DNA from some 11 samples to determine if they were what they said they were morphologically.
Adding detergent/ then chloroform and then removing the aqueous liquid ....the DNA precipitates out and with help from the centrifuge we get pure DNA Teachers' Domain: DNA Extraction
http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animations/content/pcr.html- this site explains the PCA reaction which we do tomorrow
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/labs/extraction/howto/- this is a site which shows DNA extraction in a kitchen!