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Students as Collaborators in Systems Biology Research

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Science  31 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6136, pp. 1061-1062
DOI: 10.1126/science.1229906

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In his 1854 speech at the University of Lille, Louis Pasteur stated "In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind." Preparation for scientific inquiry is critical for the future of research, yet opportunities are rare in the early stages of education. This discrepancy can be resolved by immersing students in genuine research activities as early as possible. We have created an experience for high school students to engage in and contribute to ongoing research. We prepare students to formulate and test hypotheses using computational tools and data collected in our laboratory, or available from public repositories.