Getting Into the Science of Food

Microbiology sounds like something most people would have to go to college and get doctorates to understand, but not so for York Prep students. Dr. Melinda Viscusi’s senior Microbiology class delves into the topic five days a week and recently went of a pretty cool field trip to the American Museum of Natural History for some hands on learning. On Tuesday, January 10, these honor students found themselves in the Sackler Educational Laboratory learning about food forensics.

While they may have escaped the classroom for the day, they didn’t escape their studies. During their time in the museum they investigated domesticated crops looking for signs of genetic modification. They spliced the DNA samples and evaluated them using electrophoresis. One look at the pictures prove these kids can handle themselves in a lab and definitely know their way around beakers and test tubes.