Students will be introduced to the recent advances in genetics, genetic testing and personal genome sequencing, and will be presented with some of the decisions and ethical challenges an individual may face regarding the use of this technology. Extract DNA, sequence it, and analyze mutations.
Students will also learn about some of the likely benefits of personal genetics, such as gaining the ability to act on one’s genetic risks, tailoring medicines and interventions, and becoming more active and engaged healthcare consumers. Topics covered include: genes and athleticism, personalized medicine, eugenics and history, DNA and crime/law enforcement. The completion of an introductory high school biology course is a prerequisite for this course. Join us for this exciting three week pre-college summer program!
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'This program was absolutely incredible! I really enjoyed the entire lab experience and getting to work with our very own DNA. The program was always interesting, Dr. Coljee constantly kept us on our feet. I’ve honestly learned so much during this program and it was an outstanding experience. I’m really going to miss it!'
'Our program investigated genetics including experience with PCR, DNA and gel electrophoresis in the lab. During lecture period we looked at different concepts including early humans and multiple presentations that help us to grow our skills and learn more. I really liked going to the lab experience, and using PCR and watching interesting documentaries/videos in class.'
'I enjoyed the program and Vincent was a very good teacher. I enjoyed learning from him because he has so much experience and knowledge about so many aspects. He was approachable whenever I had a question on a topic and helped us to understand difficult topics.'
'I liked that we were able to have hands on experience with labs, and that he offered us the opportunity to experiment with our own DNA and sequencing it. I also liked that he told us the truth, like Vincent was a great teacher in the way he did not sugarcoat anything. I also loved the field trip aspect of it... I liked designing our own trials because it introduced us to new medicines.'
"I liked the depth and breadth of the program. Mr. Coljee taught us about DNA, human evolution, drugs and clinical trials among other topics."
"I really liked both the program and the teacher. It allowed a more personal connection with an experienced microbiologist and helped with my understanding of the field."
“I really liked the professionalism of the course and the teacher. He was one of the most knowledgeable and patient teachers and taught us so much. I loved how hands-on and personal all the content in this class was.”
“I enjoyed doing hands-on lab work. That was an exciting opportunity for me. We learned about a variety of interesting topics, which was also great.”
“I liked my teachers. I learned a lot about genetics and DNA.”