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Young Harborfields scientists conduct cutting-edge research at Cold Spring Harbor

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Because it’s never too early to start engaging in research on gene modification.

So say a group of science teenage research students at Harborfields High School, who are participating in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Science Journal Club program.

High schoolers Anna Duff, Ava Green, Abby McGullam, Jack Steel, Liam Storm and Lindsay Sung recently visited their greenhouses in Woodbury, conducting cutting-edge research on gene modification of tomato plants.

They’re looking at ways to increase the tomato count, quicken the growth time and decrease the nutrient needs of the plants in order to maximize food production. And it’s all about addressing world hunger.

Harborfields has participated in the CSH/BOCES Science Journal Club before, but in previous years, the school only sent two students, who were mixed with students from other schools, according to the school district. This year, Cold Spring Harbor Labs has expanded the program and is working exclusively with Harborfields.

The teens will continue to work with the CSHL professionals through May of this school year. 

“So far, it’s been a great program with a lot of individual attention toward each student from the scientists and data informationists,” Harborfields High School Principal Timothy Russo said.

Harborfields High School science research students Anna Duff, Ava Green, Abby McGullam, Jack Steel, Liam Storm and Lindsay Sung are currently conducting cutting-edge research in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Science Journal Club program.