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A revolutionary science-learning laboratory

Narrator:       This is Science Today. A revolutionary science-learning laboratory will give college freshmen at the University of California, Riverside, the kind of research experience that's usually reserved for graduate students or undergrads during their final years.

Wessler:         Unlike most lab classes in college, this class is focused on incoming freshmen. So before a student even takes introductory biology, they can take this class. And the other thing that's different than typical undergraduate labs is that the students get to do both computational analysis and experimental analysis.

Narrator:        Genetics professor Susan Wessler designed the class to teach students the real-world tools of genome analysis. Students are given a research question straight from Wessler's own lab, and are challenged to develop their own experiments and, essentially, learn to sequence the genomes of living things.

Wessler:         There are so many opportunities to do authentic discovery-based science. We're giving them — here's the tools, and here's the question. Put the tools together so you can answer the question.               

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.