DNA & Life

Biodiversity and molecular biology

The DNA & life educational program is based on one of the newest DNA methods for examining biodiversity. DNA & life is a unique citizen science project where high school students map selected aquatic animals in Denmark by analyzing environmental DNA (or eDNA) collected in fresh, salt and brackish water.

At DNAlab, your class will be given an opportunity to learn about molecular biology, bioinformatics, biodiversity, and ecology.      

DNA & life – high school students in frontline research
DNA & life brings high school students up close and personal with the research and into the researcher’s workspace in the museum’s DNA laboratory, DNAlab. Here they help develop methods, collect and analyze data and samples for use in research and management. Read some of the already published scientific articles HERE.

DNA & life is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and is carried out in collaboration with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency were DNA & life examines Danish bodies of water to find environmental DNA. The goal is to detect the spread of selected non-native species.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency works on, among other things, securing Danish nature from invasive species. The high school students can help with this, both by collecting environmental DNA in the field and by carrying out laboratory analyses of these samples in our DNAlab.

Time and registration for both field-and laboratory work will appear on our website before each relevant season.

Field work
The project DNA PÅ FORKANT opens for field work for the collection of environmental DNA samples in Limfjorden. Read practical information about the field work HERE.

DNA & life courses
During the fieldwork in January and February, environmental DNA samples are collected in Limfjorden in the project “DNA på FORKANT. Some of these samples will be analysed in the museums DNAlab as part of the DNA & life laboratory work. When registration for this opens it will appear here on the website. Read practical information about the course HERE.

Laboratory methods

link to info about Inspiration and preparation

Field work & Collecting DNA

link to info about Collecting eDNA

Participate in lab work

Link to info about Test sites

Practical information

link to Useful information