Being a virus hunter for a day

SAN GERMAN, PUERTO RICO - Karyna Rosario and Erin Symonds from the Breitbart lab recently conducted a two-day outreach activity in the Laura Mercado Secondary School located in a rural area in San Germán, Puerto Rico to teach seventh graders about the world of viruses. The students learned about viruses and insects and had the opportunity to be virus hunters for a day.

The overarching goal was to have students collect insect specimens that will be processed in our lab as part of a current project investigating a novel group of single-stranded DNA viruses in invertebrates. The outreach activity was supported by an NSF Assembling the Tree of Life grant and conducted in collaboration with Dr. José L. Agosto Rivera, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.