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Connecticut BioBus Travels to State Capitol on April 24 for Tours and Experiments with Visiting Students
Date:4/17/2008

HARTFORD, Conn., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Connecticut BioBus will travel to the State Capitol on Thursday, April 24 to conduct mobile lab science experiments with visiting students from Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, and offer tours for other children visiting for "Bring Your Child to Work Day" at the Capitol and Legislative Office Building.

The students will perform a sophisticated experiment from the BioBus curriculum, Genetically Modified Organisms. In this experiment, they will isolate DNA from samples of food brought from home and then use a scientific technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to determine whether their product contains genetically modified plants.

The students will also participate in the Genes in a Bottle experiment, generously donated by Bio-Rad Laboratories, in which they will isolate their own DNA and learn about molecular biology, from cell structure to genetics to the chemistry of life.

The Connecticut BioBus will be premiering its newly installed SMART Technology interactive learning tools, to streamline and enhance teaching and learning of biosciences experiments.

The BioBus will be located outside the Capitol on the south side grounds and will be open to visitors from 9 AM through 2 PM. Visitors to the BioBus will be invited to participate in the Genes in a Bottle experiment while supplies last.

"We are proud of the BioBus and cordially invite the public to pay us a visit," said Sarah Berke, director of the BioBus Educational Programs. "These programs generate interest and enthusiasm in science and technology careers among young students and ultimately help to develop and strengthen the workforce of tomorrow."

Founded in 2001, the Connecticut BioBus is a 40-foot, custom-designed mobile laboratory with sophisticated equipment and technology. BioConnection is an equipment loan program that enables Connecticut teachers to bring advanced biotechnology to their classrooms.

The Connecticut BioBus is a program of CURE (http://curenet.org/), the leading organization for promoting life science initiatives throughout Connecticut.

The mission of CURE's award-winning BioBus Educational Programs (http://ctbiobus.org) is to be a key bioscience education resource in Connecticut igniting enthusiasm, understanding, and support for science and technology. The Programs, which are offered free of charge thanks to the continuing support of sponsors, have visited more than 445 schools, reached more than 60,000 students, and trained more than 775 teachers.


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