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Monday October 31, 2016 at 9:05am Age: 1 year
Category: District, High School

STUDENTS IN NEW HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE BIOLOGY/ANATOMY COURSE PARTICIPATE IN ELITE GENETICS CONFERENCE


High school students in the new college biology/anatomy course – along with AP students – recently traveled to Ridgewood High School in New Jersey to participate in a conference featuring Sam Rhine, a renowned genetics educator and speaker. The Oct. 24 conference focused on two discoveries surrounding stem cell generation and DNA engineering technology that have revolutionized medical genetics and the science world at large, over the past decade.

 

The conference also looked at possible applications of these technologies in the medical field such as the production of new brain cells for Parkinson disease patients and new pancreatic insulin cells for type I diabetics.

 

Minisink Valley students were astounded at the complexity and scope of medical and scientific advancements and excited about the future of embryonic technology. During the conference, students also had the opportunity to meet some of the most elite biology students in New York and New Jersey, and to experience the setting of an upper-level genetics course.

 

On December 13, the same group of students will travel to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City to watch a kidney transplant via a live feed. While at the center, the students will visit the Bodies Revealed exhibit, featuring real human figures and organs to convey the wonder and beauty of the human form.