Most states flunk their high school biotech test

The U.S. is doing a poor job at grooming a new generation of scientists for the life sciences industry.

Taking a look at the performance of students in all 50 states, Battelle concluded that students appear to have a dwindling appetite for the life sciences and that the average high school deserves low grades for preparing students for college-level bioscience courses.

On a brighter note, though, the report--commissioned by BIO--recognizes eight Northeastern and Midwestern states that have been doing a better job at educating new scientists than most. States in the South are among the worst performers.  Battelle calls on states to make biotechnology part of their core science standards.

- read the report from USA Today

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