Glow in the Dark GMOs

December 9, 2014- Tenth graders in the upper school Biochemistry class recently experimented with genetic modification. Under the guidance of Mr. Sappenfield, students altered the genome of a non-pathological strain of E. Coli forcing it to uptake a circular strand of DNA called a plasmid that was engineered to contain a glow gene from a jellyfish. The result, bacteria that glowed in the presence of UV light.

About Vail Mountain School

Founded in 1962, Vail Mountain School is a K-12, coed, independent school in Vail, Colorado. Our philosophy is to provide a demanding, college preparatory, liberal arts education in an atmosphere of mutual respect between faculty and students, where nurturing a healthy self-concept and stimulating academic inquiry are parallel objectives. Intentionally designed cross-age programs promote role modeling, responsibility, self confidence, and a sense of community. Our location in the Rocky Mountains allows us to integrate the outdoors into the academic and cultural fabric of the school through hut trips, all-school Ski Fridays, and other experiential learning opportunities. The result: our graduates possess a quiet confidence that serves them well in college and in life—confidence to assert themselves in their first college level essays; to raise their hand in a class of hundreds; to live on their own for the first time, to meet with and engage their professors; and to lead among their peers.