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Local students get firsthand look at lab life

TWO North Shore students were among four from the Lower Mainland who recently donned lab coats at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics to become gene researchers for a week.

TWO North Shore students were among four from the Lower Mainland who recently donned lab coats at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics to become gene researchers for a week.

According to a press release, research scientists Michael Kobor and Wyeth Wasserman welcomed the students to their labs as part of the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation's Gene Researcher for a Week program. Each year 50 students from across Canada are chosen to be placed in the labs of influential scientists over spring break.

Leanne Kim, a Grade 11 student at Carson Graham, was introduced to the study of epigenetics in the Kobor lab.

Fellow North Shore student Amira Badreldin, who is in Grade 12 at Argyle, was introduced to Wasserman's bioinformatics lab.

"I learned a lot about the biological and laboratory processes involved with research, but also the computer analysis, which plays an enormous role in the research," she says.

"I think this was a phenomenal experience for me, especially as I intend to pursue medical school or biomedical engineering, it was a great learning experience to see what type of work is done and what the environment is like," she adds.

For more information, visit genecure.ca or cmmt.ubc.ca.

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