Virus Strain Isolated from the Charles River

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Submitted by Mandana Sassanfar of the Department of Biology

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Mandana Sassanfar
Department of Biology
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"This virus strain that was isolated from the Charles river is able to grow on a lawn of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.

My goal is to expose MIT freshmen to what basic research is like by choosing a very simple model system (bacteria and their phages) and teach them various technical skills routinely used in molecular biology.  Each student must identify a strain of bacteria that was isolated from the Charles river and attempt to isolate and characterize a phage that grows on the bacteria."