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        This project grew out of a desire by some teachers to involve their students in more authentic research, and to engage them in molecular work that addressed an important environmental issue. To achieve these ends, Project GROWS is being developed.


        Project GROWS allows students to learn molecular techniques at the same time as they examine genetic variation in one or more salmon populations. Students can collect tissue, extract DNA, conduct PCR and RFLPs to generate DNA fingerprints for their salmon. Participating classes can enter their data into a database on this web site, and students around the world will be able to view and analyze these data.

     The new Invasive Mussel Project (IMP) allows students to use a simple PCR test to distinguish between native and non-native species of mussels.  Such data will be  valuable in tracking the spread of the non-native mussels throughout Puget Sound.

 

Powerpoint presentation about Project GROWS

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Copyright 2001 
Peter Wimberger
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Wa