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The sun is glistening off Boston Harbor, but Rubi Garcia, 13, is not focused on the view out the window. Instead, she is peering into a microscope and examining DNA suspected to be affected by sickle cell disease.

Garcia, wearing a classic white lab coat, was among half-dozen middle-school-age girls who spent a month at Vertex Discovery Camp, a summer program that included time in a lab at the Boston biotech headquartered in the Seaport District.

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