Gatton Academy students participating in South Korea internships

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – While many students are enjoying a summer vacation by relaxing, two Gatton Academy students are spending time in South Korea performing chemistry experiments.

Aaron Kirtland and Maxwell Conte are spending 10 weeks in the Chemistry Department of Changwon National University.

Kirtland is testing amine-containing gases, which are used as indicators of fish and meat quality.

Conte is focusing on the synthesis of molecules that flouresces when bound with hydrogen sulfide in live cells. Hydrogen sulfide plays an important role in the human body as a signaling molecule, but how it does so isn't well understood.

The students will present their findings at an international science conference in South Korea's Jeju Island and will co-author publications of their work.

Aaron Kirtland
Maxwell Conte

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