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Friday October 13, 2017 at 5:53pm Age: 42 days
Category: High School

COLLEGE BIOLOGY STUDENTS KEEP UP WITH LATEST IN MEDICAL GENETICS


College biology students traveled to Ridgewood NJ to hear world renowned geneticist Sam Rhine discuss various types of cancer therapies, including exciting new treatments such as immunotherapy and CD-47 blockage. 

Mr. Rhine described how oncologists compare the normal human genome to the genome of a tumor in cancer diagnosing to find the best course of treatment. He also reviewed the discovery and development of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat), a bacterial cell organelle that can now be controlled in the laboratory to slice and dice the DNA of any biologic creature.

Students also learned about some of the intriguing applications of these latest discoveries:

  • Editing the genomes of plants and animals for agricultural and medical purposes
  • Correcting the gene mutation that leads to Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Modification of the genome of a human embryo, immediately after conception, to correct a harmful, lethal gene.

This kind of experience and exposure is highly motivating and can inspire students in their career decisions.