Oklahoma tech center team finalist in science competition

ADA, Okla. — Four new high school graduates are polishing their scientific research for a chance to have a DNA experiment of their design tested in space, The Oklahoman reports.

The team of environmental biotechnology students from Pontotoc Technology Center will compete next month at the International Space Station Research and Development conference in San Diego.

Corey Ardrey, Justin Harris, Savanna WeaselBear and Seth Bittle are exploring how microgravity affects living organisms.

The team finished in the top five among more than 380 entries in the national Genes in Space Science competition.

The winning experiment will be carried out on the International Space Station.

“To say I’m delighted, yes” said biotechnology instructor Kay Gamble. “You could say I’m over the moon ”

Gamble’s students studied how microgravity might affect a population’s gene pool over generations of time spent in space.

“Some organisms are more successful in a certain environment ” Gamble said. “How would we survive as a species in space?”

READ MORE of this story in The Oklahoman by K.S. McNutt.

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