GTAC visits primary schools in Central Victoria – News

  The GTAC Outreach team and their van packed full of stereo and compound microscopes have just returned from their visit to the Castlemaine area. We were warmly welcomed by the teachers and students we met on the rural outreach. We all had a fantastic time working with Year 5 and 6 students and their teachers at Castlemaine, Castlemaine North and Winter Flat Primary Schools. The students worked together as forensic scientists to solve the...Read More

GTAC explores the Life Sciences in virtual reality with Oculus Rift – News

  GTAC has just received an Oculus Rift development kit and the centre is abuzz with what three-dimensional (3D) virtual environments we may be able to create for students with this new technology. Oculus Rift is a headset that is able to display computer generated environments in 3D for the wearer. As this technology is still new, there are not many life science resources for the Oculus Rift. We are eager to see how we could develop resources so that we can use...Read More

DNA barcodes earn their stripes – News

  GTAC's 2014 DNA barcoding results are in and they raise the prospect that students have discovered a new species. DNA barcoding complements classical approaches to describing and identifying species. Most of us know of barcodes as the irregular zebra pattern displayed on commercial products. Scan the barcode and it identifies the product. DNA is made up of building blocks called nucleotides and a DNA barcode is a nucleotide sequence obtained for a short, conserved...Read More