NEWPORT BEACH — Two Sage Hill School science classes recently attained a college graduate-level achievement — their research published by an international scientific database.
Accelerated biology teacher Tyler Zarubin's students decoded the DNA of two species of — you guessed it — sage plants on campus and documented the plant's genetic sequence for the gene involved in the breakdown of sugar, a particular gene that has never been researched.
"I want to teach them like a scientist, not a student," Zarubin said.
The investigative research project was done by two of Zarubin's junior-level classes — about 27 students — during the spring semester who finished up the work in the summer.
The students extracted the DNA from a black sage and California sagebrush, isolated the portion of DNA they wanted to study and documented the genetic sequence.
It was then up to two students, Manuel O'Brien, 17, and Zayd Simjee, 16, both incoming seniors, who volunteered two weeks of their summer to analyze the research and submit it for publication.