Clarkston Optimists Help Everest Students Separate Macromolecules
Optimist Clubs are dedicated to making a better future for the young people in their local communities. This past May, the Clarkston Area Optimist Club awarded a grant to Everest Collegiate High School & Academy for the purchase of electrophoresis equipment for the science lab. The new equipment will allow our school to provide students with a unique experience to better prepare them for post-secondary education, exposing them to resources and technology and increase their awareness of future possibilities in the workforce. The vast applications of electrophoresis are most evident in the health and medical industry. Electrophoresis is used in laboratories to separate macromolecules based on size. The technique applies a negative charge causing proteins to move toward a positive charge. The technique is used for both DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid) analysis, and can be used for antibiotic and vaccine analysis, forensic investigations and much more.