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MSU to host summer virology experience for high school students

March 7, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN-- Montana high school students and science teachers can take part in a free virology course this summer at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Four teams will be selected, and all dorm rooms, meals and laboratory expenses are covered.

The program runs from June 26-28. High school science teachers from around Montana are encouraged to select three of their top students to participate in a Wild Virus Hunt--a viral isolation contest--against other participating Montana high school teams.

Each team will collect a sample from their local wastewater treatment facility and use their wastewater samples to infect E.coli cultures, perform plaque assays, isolate viral clones, purify phages and visualize phages using transmission electron microscopy.

For more information or to enter your team in this contest, contact Blake Wiedenheft at MSU at Use "Montana Wild Virus Hunt" in the subject line. Or, apply online at

Contact: Blake Wiedenheft, (406) 994-5009,