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Biotech to the Rescue!

Hosted by the Bachelor of Technology McMaster / Mohawk Joint Venture
Maximum number of teams = 20 (4 per timeslot)
Number of competitors per team is 3 or 4


Microarrays and Cancer: Which Drugs Will Cancer Resist?
DNA Chips for Lung Cancer Diagnostics:

Microarray technology (also referred to as DNA chips) are an important tool for genomics research. To best understand this technology, one has to visualize a series of spots on a glass or membrane arranged in rows and columns with each spot representing a specific gene. DNA chips are used to measure the expression levels of large numbers of genes at once. DNA microarrays allow for the rapid screening of many samples in one assay. Students will perform a simulated DNA microarray to screen for drug resistance in lung cancer samples. Detection is seen by fluorescence visualized by a UV light source.

Teams will compete against one another and against the clock. Each team will be composed of 3 or 4 students.

Time is a factor and speed will count. Final standings will be based on each team's time to complete the procedures and correctly interpret their microarray.

Competitions (2016):

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- Biotech to the Rescue!
- Chemical Forensics
- Civil Canada Arm
- Egg High Drop
- Global Water Challenge
- L.E.A.P.'s Keep it Hot
- Mechanical Transporter
- Mental Gymnastics
- Mini-Car Jump
- Oodles of Noodles
- Photonic Puzzles
- Physics Paper Triathlon
- Pictorial Essay
- Software Challenge
- Teachers Challenge
- The Speeding Brain
- Twists and Turns