Science students tour Pennington _lowres

Photo provided by Jim Carroll -- Kim Crotwell, left, a nurse on staff at the Cinical Inpatient Unit at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, leads seniors from West Feliciana High School on a tour of the research facilities Jan. 20. Students enrolled in Jonathan Simmons' anatomy and physiology and biology II classes toured the cutting-edge facilities in preparation for an upcoming project.

Seniors enrolled in Jonathan Simmons’ anatomy and physiology and biology II classes at West Feliciana High School spoke with scientists about research processes at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge on Jan. 20.

The students are preparing for a project that will require them to collect and analyze data, and write a mini-thesis paper.

Simmons said his biology II students are studying genetics and will study genetic technology in their next unit. The teens toured Pennington’s genetic research facilities and spoke with researchers about the sequencing of genes and technological advancements in genetics.

They also visited the Infant Metabolism Lab and Clinical Inpatient Unit, where research volunteers stay overnight for studies.