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First-year students in the Phage Genomics Research course use sophisticated research methods, such as cloning and sequencing DNA, to understand bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. Here Belle English (left) and Siping He record the optical densities of growth media to determine whether the phages are killing their bacterial hosts.  

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More than 70% of MCS students conduct undergraduate research, which means that they don’t just summarize or repeat previous research—they discover new science. Our students explore real-world problems, such as designing a blood substitute and investigating ways to convert harmful pollutants into harmless or less toxic substances.