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Welcome to BEST, a post-secondary educational initiative established to increase the number of collegiate students participating in research to better prepare them for graduate education and success. Browse the website to gain a more in-depth analysis of the program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Margaret Young (principal investigator).


Figure 1

Fig. 1. Biolistic transformation of tobacco leaves.

  1. A student using the gene gun
  2. GUS-positive spots (blue spots) on leaf explant of tobacco.

Figure 2

Fig. 2. Agroinoculation of fast plants.

  1. Germinated seedlings on selection media;
  2. Students taking notes on fast plants;
  3. Putatively transgenic fast plants producing flowers and seed pods