Session: It Tastes Like Chicken!

It Tastes Like Chicken! 

Have you ever wondered why so many things taste like chicken? Maybe it’s because they really are chicken instead of what’s on the label! Advancements in DNA based science have given us the ability to actually prove what is being sold in the grocery store and this kind of experiment can be done in your classroom. In this session, we will examine the DNA protocols and procedures to identify grocery-store obtained samples such as shark, stingray, chicken, and turkey and we’ll discuss what students can do with their results once they are obtained. You will engage in DNA extraction and use PCR protocols to prepare samples for sequencing. You will also evaluate previously obtained data as an example of how to incorporate literacy, ecology, and sustainability into the classroom. You will leave with these protocols and ongoing support for implementing what you have learned in your classroom. Take a chance on authentic science and have your students find real answers in the laboratory to scientific riddles!

Presenter: Thomas Champion, Naperville North High School


Student Level: High School, Middle School

Subjects: Biology, Forensics, Biotech, Biochemistry, General Science

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