Genome Science

Genome Science

The Aina-Informatics Network is an initiative designed to bring genome science into our local high school classrooms. The program’s objective is to develop place-based curricula for ethical genome science that centers on Hawaii’s unique relationships to aina, all while generating real data via a citizen science approach. This growing network consists of high school science teachers from both public and private schools across Hawaii.

The Aina-Informatics mobile sequencing lab is capable of running DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis and Nanopore MinION sequencing labs in virtually any classroom. As a network, they are developing labs which employ these technologies to address questions of food security, indigenous practices and local biodiversity through a citizen science approach. Their mobile lab equipment inventory (including reagents) is made available to Aina-Informatics Network teachers – this includes micropipettes, PCR thermocyclers, electrophoresis equipment, centrifuges and more. In addition, we provide the computer, sequencer, flow cells and library preparation kits required to run MinION third-generation sequencing in the classroom.

Read more at the ʻĀina Informatics Website