LEWISTON — For most people, mouse poop is a sign they had better get a cat or some traps.

But for one class of Bates College students recently, mouse poop samples opened the door to gather DNA samples, sequence the order of their nucleotides and crunch a whole bunch of data to try to learn something new about the microbiome that exists in the guts of living creatures.

Louise Brogan, a Bates College lecturer who took them to MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor for the course, said they had an incredible experience that gave them the chance to delve deeply into the subject and to think like scientists as they tried to make sense of the information they found. Read more