Analysing DNA Barcodes to identify and discover species – Video conferencing

A Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series event for high ability students in Years 9 and 10


Over 2 million plant and animal species have been described and named to date. This represents a small proportion of the total species on the planet. Join us at GTAC to conduct research that could lead to the discovery of a new species.

Use bioinformatics programs with confidence to explore novel DNA sequences.

Feel energised as you contribute to a real research project identifying species using their unique DNA sequences, their “DNA barcodes”.

Stand out from the crowd and get recognised for your research contributions.

Stretch your imagination and consider how DNA technologies will impact careers of the future. Could you be a de-extinction geneticist?

Join GTAC for a virtual learning workshop where we will guide you to use bioinformatics programs to analyse newly generated DNA sequences.  You will be the first to analyse these DNA barcodes with the prospect of discovering a new species.

This event will expose you to topics studied in Unit 4 VCE Biology, such as techniques for manipulating DNA and the concept of ‘molecular homology’.


Program duration: 2hrs

Program location: Video conferencing with GTAC


Program dates:

Term 3 break

Wednesday 30th September 9.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday 30th September 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Thursday 1st October 9.30am – 11.30am

Thursday 1st October 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Term 4:

Thursday 8th October 9.30am – 11.30am

Thursday 8th October 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Friday 9th October 9.30am – 11.30am

Friday 9th October 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Tuesday 13th October 9.30am – 11.30am

Tuesday 13th October 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Wednesday 14th October 9.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday 14th October 1.00pm – 3.00pm


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