Madelaine Travaille, the school district’s science supervisor, said a science research club was started at KHS in the 2015-16 school year. Two of the 10 dedicated club members, Pranav Reddy and Kate Dolph, applied and were accepted into the WSSP Summer Institute, which is an intensive three-week program where the students complete lab work with scientists at Rutgers.
The students worked identifying the genetics of a duckweed plant known as Landoltia punctata. The students’ identification of the nucleic acid sequences of genes was published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information sequence databases.
Travaille first became acquainted with WSSP when she was a science teacher in the Montville school district. This program provides opportunities for high school students and their teachers to conduct an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics.
These students participated in the Barcode of Life program, which supports the generation and application of DNA barcode data with the data being published in an international database.
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