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TELL CITY – Ariel Etienne, a student at Tell City Junior-Senior High School, was one of a select group of students who attended the March Molecular Medicine In Action program at Indiana University School of Medicine.
This year 50 of Indiana’s best high-school science students were selected – from 220 applicants – for the two-day program, during which they worked alongside top research scientists learning hands-on laboratory techniques used in modem biomedical research.
Etienne and the other students in this year’s program isolated DNA in test tubes, stained chromosomes in or-der to identify mutations, learned about issues in bio-ethics and practiced techniques for inserting genes into cells, among other activities.
Program director Karen E. Pollok, assistant professor of pediatrics, pharmacology and toxicology, Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, noted that it’s hoped that the Molecular Medicine In Action program will inspire students about science careers and demonstrate that they can pursue those careers in Indiana.
“This conference introduces the students to incredible new knowledge that is rapidly becoming accessible from the recent advances in biomedicine and the quickening pace of scientific discovery,” said Pollok.
“We are celebrating 12 years of success. More than 600 Indiana high-school students now have shared the excitement of what genetic science promises, both for understanding and developing treatments as well as cures of complex diseases,” Pollok added.