Student Assembly Drives Yeast Project

Liz is a staff writer for Science.

Six years ago, a researcher desperate to figure out how to complete all the work needed to make synthetic yeast chromosomes started an undergraduate course where students built genome "building blocks." Participants learned molecular biology techniques and how to approach problems in a scientific way, and each put together about 10,000 bases toward the new genome. For at least one of them, the course led to a new career.

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