Recently, the first individual human genome sequences have become publicly available. As technology progresses, it is inevitable that it will become easier to determine the entire genetic sequence of any person. We are entering an era when people will be able to incorporate knowledge of their own genetic material into lifestyle and medical choices. In addition to generating unprecedented insights into the genetics of health and medical issues, this also provides an excellent opportunity to introduce high school teachers and students to a new field. In particular, there are now several well-understood examples in which specific genetic polymorphisms have been linked to predictable phenotypic differences between individuals. We will use a few of these examples to introduce high school science teachers and high school students to the study of human genetic variation at the population level. Along the way, we will introduce participants to experimental design, evolutionary biology, the use of online genetic databases, the applications of laboratory techniques in molecular biology and physiology, and the ethics of genetic testing.
For more information on any of the summer workshops please feel free to contact:Pamela Bryer,
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