News from IBE (CSIC-UPF)
Fourteen secondary school teachers from Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Andalucía, Aragón and Catalunya participated on June the 28th in the course Teach and Fly, which was organised by the Gonzalez lab. The course was aimed at providing these teachers some training on genomics and sequencing and editing techniques ―CRISPR― and most especially to encourage them to get involved in the citizen science project Melanogaster: catch the fly!. Within this project, researchers, communicators, teachers, secondary school students and laypeople work hand in hand to find out how organisms adapt to changing environments. They do this by taking the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as model organism.
The project kicked off in 2016. Since then, 60 students from Granada and Ciudad Real have sampled and classified fruit flies, and sent them to IBE so that its researchers can sequence them. “We hope that the course Teach and fly will enable us extend the network of secondary schools involved in the project and thus the sampling points”, coordinator of Melanogaster: catch the fly! Josefa González says.
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