- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Middle school students in Detroit and Flint will learn about genetics through a new program funded by a $1.2 million federal grant.

Michigan State University is partnering with the University of Michigan to create learning materials about genomics and evolution for students and local communities. The National Institutes of Health awarded the grant for the five-year program.

Renee Bayer of MSU tells the Detroit News a previous six-year genetics education project for Detroit high school students determined that the students didn’t have the background needed to master the curriculum. She says Detroit Public Schools will choose one teacher and school for the first year of the program to pilot the middle school curriculum.

Students will learn how genetic and environmental factors can shape behavior and the risk of disease.

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