Middle-school students become DNA detectives

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A. Sue Weisler

While most RIT students went home for the summer, groups of youngsters visited the campus during break. Kayjona Rogers, left, and Carina Scalice practice using the pipette during the DNA Detectives camp in July offered as part of RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology bioscience exploration program. Twelve students from area middle schools learned about genetics and how DNA is used to solve crimes. Dina Newman, assistant professor in biological sciences, presented the campers with a mystery involving RIT’s mascot Ritchie, which they had to unravel using DNA clues.