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Student Assembly Drives Yeast Project

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Science  28 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6178, pp. 1429
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6178.1429

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Six years ago, a researcher desperate to figure out how to complete all the work needed to make synthetic yeast chromosomes started an undergraduate course where students built genome "building blocks." Participants learned molecular biology techniques and how to approach problems in a scientific way, and each put together about 10,000 bases toward the new genome. For at least one of them, the course led to a new career.