This term I am taking one of my favorite courses so far at Exeter: bio 470, aka laboratory genetics. It’s a class open to twelve uppers (juniors) and seniors by application, so everyone in the class loves bio as much as I do! We are working on fly genetics in conjunction with a lab in Stanford. Each of us creates our own lines of flies with a different genetic insertion. We are actually doing real world research studies as high schoolers, and Dr. Kim, the head of the lab we are working with in Stanford, will actually use our lines in his research. We also learn all the genetics to go with our fly sorting, so we don’t spend all our time at the microscope. This summer, I’ll be continuing our research in Dr. Kim’s lab out in California, so I’ll post more about it then!
If you’re interested in learning more, here’s the link to Dr. Kim’s website, and Anika’s (a classmate of mine) blog from when she worked with Dr. Kim last summer:
Hope you enjoy!