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Teen detectives to dig for biological clues, solve mysteries at camp

By Victoria Advocate
June 26, 2010 at 1:26 a.m.


Move over Poirot, Inspector Morse and Miss Marple.

A new class of modern-day detectives is in the making with the latest technology and tools for unearthing evidence.

Incoming seventh- through 12th-graders are invited to learn how to use laboratory equipment, extract and analyze DNA, solve a mock crime scene and develop other scientific skills at the upcoming DNA, Genetics & Forensics Camp offered by the University of Houston-Victoria.

The camps, which are held at two different locations, are ideal for students interested in pursuing science-based careers such as physicians, forensic scientists and biologists, said Richard Gunasekera, a UHV associate professor of biology who is in charge of the camp.

"The camp provides a rare opportunity for junior high and high school students interested in biomedical sciences to step into the university setting and get hands-on experience in a real laboratory where cancer and genetics research is done," Gunasekera said.

The camp will be offered twice this summer:

July 12-15 - The first camp will be from 1-4 p.m. in the biology lab in the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. in Victoria. The registration deadline is Monday and the fee for the four-day camp is $195, which includes a T-shirt.

July 26-29 - The other camp will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the biology labs in Brazos Hall at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land, 14004 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. The registration deadline is July 12 and the fee is $185, which includes a T-shirt.

Families of UHV employees and alumni can register for $85 per student for camps at either campus.

For the sake of lab safety, each camp is limited to 40 students and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Application information and a medical release must be submitted in advance for each participant. To register or for more information, call 361-570-4361 or 866-800-8762.

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