Some Year 10 pupils had the opportunity to undertake the AMGEN Biotech experience on 16/1/19. This involved pupils undertaking laboratory work that is normally not accessed until degree level and gives pupils a real insight into working in a research lab. Pupils learnt how to use micropipettes, centrifuge and use gel electrophoresis. Our aim was to extract a gene from one plasmid and place it into another plasmid in order for that new recombinant plasmid to produce a fluorescent red protein. Pupils had to follow instructions extremely carefully as quantities used were minute – and they did a brilliant job! Some pupils will be using this experience as a basis to complete a Silver Crest Award which will strengthen their applications for further education. Many thanks to the John Innes Centre for the loan of apparatus for this activity to take place.