CSN Student Research: Bacteriophages New to Science

Community college students do research, too.

A group of CSN students and their professors have conducted research significant enough that it’s now published!

The publication represents two years’ worth of work by nine CSN students through the SEA-PHAGES course over the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. Two of the phages (Nibbles and OlgasClover) were discovered by CSN students in the fall 2023 semester after collecting soil samples from the local Vegas area. The other two phages (Blocker23 and JorRay) were discovered by another college in Atlanta, Georgia. All four phage genomes were annotated (or analyzed) by CSN students, and their work was reviewed by the professors teaching the course. All contributing individuals (mostly CSN students and faculty) are listed as authors in the openly accessible publication.

There are new discoveries in science every day!  The link below takes you to a peer-reviewed publication of four bacteriophages that are new to science.  The phage genetic material was isolated and sequenced as part of the Biological Sciences SEA-PHAGES program.

Click the journal article link to learn more: https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/mra.01256-23

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