This fall, Tufts University is lending $40,000 worth of scientific equipment to four Boston high schools so the students can learn how to use the latest lab technology, reports the Boston Globe's June Wu. Using the equipment, their own DNA, and the help of Tufts undergrads, the high school students will try to determine the region of the world that their maternal ancestors came from.

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