Year 12 Biology

The Year 12 Biology students attended two excursions this term. At University of Melbourne – School of Biosciences, students completed a few activities including analysis of evidence for evolution and the effect on population structure using fruit fly (Drosophila) as a model. They also explored immunity through a case study about influenza. At GTAC, students worked with several scientists in small groups and used microbiology tools to identify a bacterium causing an outbreak of mastitis in a dairy herd and how to treat the disease. They used modelling to show the specific immune response and performed an ELISA (technique designed to detect specific antibodies) to investigate if cattle have immunity to tetanus.