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December 3, 2009

U of M students at the Mississippi headwaters

Many know that Lake Itasca is the headwaters to the country's greatest river, the Mississippi, but few are aware of its leading scientific research and teaching facility, the Itasca Biological Station. Run by the University of Minnesota, the station is a leading scientific hub to monitor and improve the state's environment and water quality. At 100 years old, it needs repairs and is part of the university's current bonding request to the legislature. Michael Sadowsky, director of the Biotechnology Institute, is coordinating the Minnesota Mississippi Metagenome Project at the station and says it's a valuable learning opportunity for students.


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