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College of Osteopathic Medicine’s STEP Program Visits the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and DNA Learning Center

November 19, 2013 @ Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and DNA Learning Center


This Clinical Core Lab Tour and ‘Jumping Gene’, Forensic DNA Profiling and Human Mitochondrial Sequencing introduced students to the opportunity to conduct several experiments with his/her own DNA.

DNA samples were collected from cells that are normally present in saliva. The students swished their mouth with a saline solution and spit the sample into a cup. The DNA samples that were extracted from those cells were amplified by a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and examined for specific DNA markers.

It was explained that there is a consensus that human DNA experiments should not be conducted without the willing consent of the donor; who understands the purpose for which their DNA is being used. Thus, the students were required to supply written parental consent authorizing their child’s participation in the experiments.

The DNA Learning Center is the world’s first science center devoted entirely to genetics education and is an important center for molecular genetics research. Their goal is to offer all families access to genetic information they need to make informed health care choices.


Source: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine’s STEP

 


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