Rutgers' Waksman Institute is bringing sequencing and bioinformatics to high school students through their HiGene project. Funded by the National Science Foundation, five high school students studied bacteria that contain a bit of brine shrimp DNA -- they sequenced the bacteria's DNA and compared it to other DNA sequences to predict gene function.

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