Crop Biotech Update

Biotech Students Sequence Gene

February 13, 2013

Biotechnology students at Williams Field High School in Arizona, USA under the Career and Technical Education class have made a breakthrough that is usually accomplished by professional scientists. The students used scientific techniques and lab equipment to crack the genome of Mexican paloverde tree, and isolated the gene that helps organisms burn sugar for energy (glycolysis).

The students mapped the genome of the tree, and once published, it can be used by researchers to develop more ways to treat diseases such as diabetes and obesity. According to the students' mentor, Prof. Christopher Brock, the biotechnology honors' courses helped students to have greater interest in biotechnology, genetics, and other related sciences.