AP Biology Students Visit American Museum of Natural History

Eighteen Westminster students in AP Biology journeyed to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City Jan. 24 for a day of biology.
 
They began with a two-hour lab on anthropologic forensics, looking at the varying amount of amylase in their saliva and using gel electrophoresis to compare variability in human and chimpanzee DNA microsatellites.
 
Afterward, the group walked through the exhibit on vertebrate origins, which mirrored work they had done recently on evolutionary histories and cladograms.
 
Finally, they explored the halls of Human Origins and Biodiversity, two topics that they will soon be tackling in class. Overall, it was a great experience for the students and complemented what they had been doing in the classroom back in Simsbury.
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