Students in Dawn Heldreth’s international baccalaureate biology class at Fort Dorchester High School learned how to test patients to determine if they have the gene mutation for the genetic neurodevelopmental disorder, Rett Syndrome.

“This is a great opportunity for the students because these are things that we wouldn’t be able to do in the classroom,” Heldreth said.

But they were able to do them in the Gene Machine, a 41-foot science lab on wheels that visited the school today. Students spent the day learning about cell structure, DNA, Mendelian inheritance and consequences of mutations.

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