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A Mutant Search—Caenorhabditis elegans and Gene Discovery

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Science  26 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6106, pp. 487-488
DOI: 10.1126/science.1215229

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With ∼36,000 students enrolled, the University of North Texas is the fourth largest state university in Texas. To provide each of the >1800 undergraduate Biology majors the opportunity to participate in a discovery-based project, we developed “Worm Mutants,” a worm mutant screen module for the required genetics laboratory, where students apply approaches used by geneticists to identify genes that regulate biological processes.