Science Project

Friday, January 15, 2010

High school seniors at Trinity School in Manhattan recently made a few scientific discoveries. Two of the students, Matthew Cost and Brenda Tan, talk about testing DNA and their findings, which included a unknown species of cockroach. They're joined by Jesse Ausubel, vice president for programs of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University, who oversaw the project.


Jesse Ausubel, Matthew Cost and Brenda Tan

Comments [6]

Amy from Manhattan

Several years ago, I had a bad cockroach infestation in my apt. A significant minority of the cockroaches were a much lighter brown--the cockroach version of albinism? or a new species? Maybe I should've sent one for testing! Anyway, I finally got the infestation under control w/diatomaceous earth. I still see them once in a while, but I've never seen the light brown ones since then. Yike--did I wipe out a new species?

Jan. 15 2010 12:03 PM
Dale from Brooklyn

Lou's web page

Jan. 15 2010 11:58 AM
Dale from Brooklyn

These kids need to talk to Lou Sorkin at the Museum of Natural History.

Jan. 15 2010 11:56 AM


Jan. 15 2010 11:54 AM

what does this make you believe about our fda rules? what tests should be employed on our food that aren't, in your opinion? should/will those products be punished?

Jan. 15 2010 11:52 AM

Aren't these the kids behind Sturgeongate? I nominate them for the position of Sturgeon General and politely request that their DNA thigamagigy can be made keychain sized. I still don't trust my hot dog guy, Trader Joe's whey powder, or that my new plastic pantsuit is genuinely Bpa-free!

Seriously though I applaud them for possessing the level of skepticism and awareness required to even think of testing one's food.

Jan. 15 2010 10:34 AM

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