The future of science is developing in an unlikely place - a 40-foot-long traveling bus that serves as a miniature teaching laboratory.
Eighteen recent graduates from Montgomery County schools, many planning careers in medicine and science, took part in a experiment yesterday in the Boston University Mobile Lab.
The Montgomery County students are all past interns at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, where they spent a year developing research projects.
As a reward for their efforts, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, arranged to have the mobile lab stop at the Russell Senate Office Building so the students could conduct experiments. The bus is headed to a conference in Virginia this week.
Don DeRosa, director of curriculum and teaching for CityLab, the group that runs the mobile lab, donned safety goggles and led the students in an experiment in protein analysis.
Lifting three test tubes in the air, he told the students they would need to determine the amount of protein in each one.
"Imagine they're three protein drinks and you're testing for Consumer Reports [magazine]," Mr. …