U-M, MSU partner to help students learn genomics and evolution

Building on a previous program involving the U-M schools of Public Health and Education, U-M will partner with Michigan State University and others to create learning materials about genomics and evolution for the nation’s middle school students and their local communities.

Researchers are using a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to introduce the program in Flint and Detroit.

The new curriculum will blend formal classroom instruction and informal community-based learning to give both students and residents opportunities to apply ideas about gene-environment interactions and natural selection to their lives.

Collaborators include the CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU, U-M School of Public Health, Detroit Public Schools, Flint Community Schools and the Concord Consortium, a nonprofit research organization in Massachusetts.

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