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FSU Students Conduct DNA Research

Posted October 12, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Students at Fayetteville State University are getting some invaluable research experience. They're studying D-N-A -- specifically, how exposure to metals can damage our genes.

This is all part of a bio-medical research program. Working closely with the faculty, 10 students are focusing on science and their future.

One student, Tammy Burroughs, says her class is learning various research lab techniques -- and gets to visit other labs, some of them international, as well.

The federal government pays for the program, which is aimed at minority students. Over the past four years alone, more than $3 million has been spent on the program.

Dr. Juliette Bell, the program's director, noted that in science in general and biomedical research in particular, minorities are underrepresented.

Now in its 15th year, the program has had its share of success stories. Many students have gone on to earn their PhDs, and then have become practicing research scientists or university professors.

Dr. James Raynor is a program graduate, who's returned to teach and be a role model. He says one advantage is that the students discover how much they can do.

And then they discover new career paths they could not have envisioned beforehand.