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Edit Cancer Cells with CRISPR/Cas9

Can you imagine the many things we could do by editing a specific part of the DNA? We could cure many diseases, discover new gene functions or even grow bigger crops to increase food production. The good news is that we are now closer than ever to achieve this thanks to CRISPR/Cas9, a genome editing tool that allows scientists to edit DNA in an easy, cheap, and specific way. If you want to learn more about this fascinating technique that is revolutionizing the whole world with its incredible potential, then this is a masterclass for you!

By joining this masterclass, you will gain deeper knowledge of the CRISPR/Cas9 technique and you will have the opportunity to work in a real laboratory. You will design and apply CRISPR/Cas9 to label KRT8, a protein related to metastasis in breast cancer. By using CRISPR/Cas9, you will be able to see the expression of KRT8 in living cells over a period of time. This is part of a bigger research project that is ongoing at the UMC Utrecht laboratories. The ultimate goal? To better understand the factors that enable a cell to colonize different organs (metastasize).

Thus, you will experience what it means to be a real researcher and you will learn about a technique that more scientists are introducing every day to their labs! In addition, during the masterclass you will have the chance to meet students, teachers and researchers from the UMC Utrecht and actively interact with them.

This masterclass will be presented in English, but a Dutch person will be present and thus it will be possible to ask questions in Dutch. The masterclass is for 5/6vwo students who take biology. Note that for this masterclass it is necessary that you have read the DNA chapter in your school book. If you haven’t, we strongly advise you to ask for your teacher’s help and carefully read through it.

Nota bene: het gaat om een pilot van een nieuw ontwikkelde 1-daagse masterclass.


Bij deze pilot zit een voorbereidende opdracht van maximaal 4 uur.

Praktische informatie

5 vwo 6 vwo
6 juni 2018. Het gaat om een pilot van een nieuw ontwikkelde 1-daagse masterclass
Utrecht Science Park, UMC Utrecht
Gratis, alleen toegankelijk voor Connectie-leerlingen


De pilot van deze masterclass is enkel toegankelijk voor leerlingen uit 5- en 6-vwo van onze Connectie-scholen.

De inschrijving is gesloten.

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