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  • How do you read a strand of DNA?

    To carry on with the theme of DNA, I thought today we would talk about a process downstream from PCR – Sequencing! Sequencing is the process of determining the order of the four base pairs in a DNA strand. There are three primary methods of DNA sequencing: Sanger sequencing, Next-generation sequencing, and third generation sequencing methods. Sanger sequencing was the first major [...]

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    Copernicus Students' Science Fair Success!

    The TSoG lab was a busy place for science fair projects this past fall! Several of our new Copernicus mentorship students worked on microbiology and chemistry projects in the biochem lab. We have also had a few of our Kepler students working hard on projects that bridge chemistry and engineering over the winter break. We are proud to announce that two of our Copernicus students, Adith Gangalakunta[...]

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    TSoG participates in the American Heart Association’s inaugural STEM Goes Red Conference

    In November, Ms. Dark and volunteer Aman Alhajaji participated in an outreach event - the American Heart Association’s inaugural STEM Goes Red conference. The Conference kicked off a mentoring program for 8th grade students from around DFW; the students were partnered with a mentor, learned about STEM fields during break out sessions at the conference, and will participate in several other [...]

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    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) at TSoG

    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is the technique used by biochemists and molecular biologists to amplify one piece of DNA and generate millions of copies. At TSoG we have utilized PCR on several occasions. As part of SEADD 2017 we amplified the 16s rRNA gene of soil bacteria isolated from the Girl Scouts Camp Whispering Cedars. The 16s rRNA gene is the DNA sequence that encodes part of the small [...]

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    Mastering the Art of the Stupid Question

    One of the things that I am most thankful for is that I am surrounded by friends and family who are willing to participate in nearly continuous conversations about our students, our programs, and our curriculum. My wife is a part of at least half of these discussions, and, despite her lack of technical expertise, cares just as deeply about the outcomes of our students as I do. Rather than [...]

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    TSoG Co-founder Kirby Drake Featured for Sharing Patent Law Expertise

    Few people have contributed as greatly to the mission of The Shoulders of Giants as has co-founder and current TSoG vice president Kirby Drake. An intellectual property attorney by day, Ms. Drake has been volunteering her time to help us share the thrill of scientific discovery since 2013. Most recently, Ms. Drake was featured by her law firm, Klemchuk LLP, for her work sharing a crash course[...]

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    SEADD in the News!

    One of Shoulders of Giants' flagship summer programs, SEADD (Summer Experience in Antibiotic Discovery and Development) was featured in several articles published around the web! Dallas Innovates had this to say about the program: Fifteen-year-old Celeste Wang and 16-year-old Victoria Taylor aren’t afraid of a little competition from their fellow male classmates, especially when it comes to[...]

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    Jennifer Pearson Wins Prize in Prestigious Genes in Space Competition!

    TSoG senior Jennifer Pearson was awarded an honorable mention for her proposal to the Genes in Space competition! Each year middle and high school students from across the country submit PCR-based experiment proposals to Genes in Space. The experiments must utilize the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and address a unique challenge or opportunity presented by spaceflight. Students can submit their [...]

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