Transcending disability

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    Purdue provides lab environment for those with disabilities.

    Students with disabilities will learn how to conduct biomedical experiments independently, at a new Institute for Accessible Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A $2-million National Institutes of Health grant will support at least six students when it opens in 2012. Principal investigator Bradley Duerstock, who uses a wheelchair, says there aren't enough resources for young disabled researchers, and challenges such as reaching into a fume hood often discourage students from pursuing science. Online mentoring topics will include lab modifications and remotely accessing equipment. The grant is one of six NIH awards supporting diversity.

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    Transcending disability. Nature 468, 125 (2010) doi:10.1038/nj7320-125b

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