CRISPR in high school? Delaware students get hands-on gene editing training

The program expands on a National Science Foundation grant in which the Gene Editing Institute partners with Delaware Technical Community College to provide curriculum to educate future research lab workers. It’s believed to be the first time an NSF grant has been used to educate students on a high school level, with the potential to expand to schools across the nation.

The first students to participate are from Wilmington Friends and The Tatnall School, who came with their teachers to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care.

Students took the necessary materials back to their school labs, which they will use to manipulate genes in yeast cells, turning them from white to red using CRISPR, a gene-editing tool.