Colby geneticist David Angelini has been awarded an $800,000 NSF grant to intensify research on the mechanism that controls organ development. The project focuses on the soapberry bug, an insect that features two different wing lengths, a phenomenon called wing polyphenism. The five-year grant will allow Colby students to learn the principles of molecular biology research. These skills are valuable in exploring organ development questions and also in other science fields, including medical and biotech research. The grant will also pay for public secondary school students to participate by collecting data (and actual bugs) in the field.