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What do you need to do to make an experiment work? First, you have to have a problem you want to solve. Then you have to figure out how to approach your problem and determine what materials and techniques might help you solve it. And perhaps most challenging of all, you have to be able to interpret the results of your experiment. Sound easy? Follow Oakland high school student Dana Nelson as she joins a group of scientists from Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division and Center for X-Ray Optics (CXRO) who are studying the parasite that causes malaria. Dana records in words and pictures the preparations involved in setting up an experiment to view the parasite inside a human red blood cell. These cells will be imaged with an x-ray microscope at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). See what develops in:

   
 
From Mosquito to Microscope: Research on Malaria at the ALS
 

         
 

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