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Give students a taste of real science

An innovative scheme that allows students to collaborate with scientists on real experiments is transforming the classroom experience and helping to find solutions to a world health issue in the process, writes Paul Weeks

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The students had been navigating their way through the 80 million letters of the whipworm genome for some time before they finally located their allocated gene.

They then compared the computer prediction to various other lines of evidence and tracked down the three letters that indicated the start of the gene – ATG – and the three letters that indicated its end – TAG. Having agreed on a plausible structure, they signed off on the gene – their gene – and decided it was time for a coffee, their first whipworm gene curated.

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