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STUDENTS TEST FOR DISEASE, EXPLORE SCIENCE ON A BUS

Donning plastic lab aprons, safety goggles and rubber gloves Thursday, sophomores at Early College were doctors for a day aboard the "Destiny" mobile laboratory. Tom Savage's science class tested three synthetic blood samples for sickle cell disease, using gel electrophoresis to distinguish normal blood hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in those with sickle cell anemia. Unlike standard lab classes, the students pipetted fluids and recorded results on board a bus – from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The "Destiny" bus is part of the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program, a science education initiative funded by the state, GlaxoSmithKline and Bio-Rad Laboratories.

" Part of our curriculum is exploring genetics (and) biotechnology," said Savage. "Using this lab, the students get exposure to the tools scientists use in biotech fields."

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