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PHOTO: Stony Brook Lab Hosts Young Scientists

Port Jefferson high schoolers recently made a trip to a university-equipped science lab.

Stony Brook University's Biotechnology Teaching Laboratory at the Center for Science and Mathematics Education recently hosted a group of Advanced Placement Biology students from Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson.

Teacher Laurie McMillen summarized the students' trip: "In the bacterial transformation lab, the students inserted a plasmid, a small piece of DNA, that contained a gene for antibiotic resistance and a jellyfish gene for florescence into E. coli bacteria. The bacteria glowed when viewed under a black light, which proved that the students had successfully inserted the plasmid into the bacteria.”

The students also analyzed factors that can affect the function of restriction enzymes in a separate lab activity.

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