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UVA Genetic Engineering Team Developing High School Class

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A team of University of Virginia students taking part in a global genetic engineering competition is working with Charlottesville high school students to develop a class.

Students from the Virginia iGEM team stopped by the Renaissance School Friday for a workshop to help the class design a year-long DNA science course.

The iGEM team reached out to the high school as part of its public outreach mission to spread awareness about synthetic biology.

"A lot of times when people hear ‘genetic engineering,' people get scared when they think GMOs and what's actually going on when we're playing with genes and so we have a very different perspective being the scientists and understanding what we're actually doing," said team member Bethany Bruno.

The UVA students hope that the curriculum will help the Renaissance School students form a high school iGEM team.

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