Antibiotic Unearthed Project took place at The University of Kent at the end of the Autumn term.
A mix of Year 12 and other interested pupils from Yr 11 and Year 10 worked with soil samples which pupils obtained from a range of locations. They have isolated a number of bacteria which are producing antibacterial compounds. The two lab sessions at the University have allowed pupils to experience a range of molecular Biology techniques as they have extracted DNA from their bacteria and carried out PCR (Polymerase Chain reaction) to obtain DNA samples for further analysis. They then verified this had worked by performing gel electrophoresis and saw the DNA they had produced. They are discussing with the University what further work they will need to carry out.