Ellen will be back from an expedition to interior Alaska where she will have collected plant samples to barcode, and you are all invited to join in this hands-on lab activity.
DNA barcoding consists of extracting the DNA from the plants, PCRing it with primers that amplify the barcode region, checking it with gel electrophoresis, and sending it out for DNA sequencing. Establishing DNA barcodes for all species on earth is a large collective scientific effort. The plants of the Alaskan tundra are particularly fragile and affected by global warming. Establishing their identities via DNA barcoding will make it easier for students and citizen sceintists to contribute to ecological surveys. So you will be contributing your time to a worthy effort, and might even get your name in the official Barcode of Life database if the plant you are working on has never been barcoded before.
The event is free, but if you want to contribute to the project here is the crowdfunding site:
I'll bring a slideshow too!