Saturday DNA! Program Unravels Genetic Mysteries for Children and Adults

Winter 2008 schedule includes exploration of Autism, Antibodies, and Bacteria

Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Children, teens, and adults will have an opportunity to perform hands-on experiments during the Winter 2008 “Saturday DNA!” program at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The two hour laboratory and computer-based sessions are hosted by scientific staff at the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC), located in the village of Cold Spring Harbor.
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CSHL’s cutting-edge genetic research serves as inspiration for children and adults to learn more about the genetic mysteries of life.

“Our goal is to use CSHL’s cutting-edge genetic research as inspiration for children and adults to learn more about the genetic mysteries of life,” said David Micklos, DNALC Executive Director.

Focusing on different genetics-related topics, the program is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions, beginning at 11:30 a.m., are geared toward students ages 10-13 and reveal natural selection at work through unique interactive games; detail the effect antibiotics have on bacterial growth, and use computer models to highlight the benefits of knowing more about your own DNA.

Afternoon sessions, beginning at 2 p.m., are offered for ages 14 to adult, and provide participants with an opportunity to explore research on autism and schizophrenia; the immune system and antibodies, and take a closer look at the microscopic world of bacterial identification.

The Winter 2008 schedule includes sessions on January 12, February 9, and March 15, 2008.

Sessions are $15.00 per person. Adult chaperones are required for participants under the age of 15 and are encouraged to participate in all program activities. Reservations for these sessions are required, and placement is on a first-come, first-served basis. For specific information about the theme and content of each session, visit www.dnalc.org or call the “Saturday DNA!” information line at 516-367-5168.

The Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) was founded in 1988 as the world’s first science center devoted entirely to public genetics education. In addition to “Saturday DNA!,” the DNALC extends CSHL’s traditional research and postgraduate education mission by providing learning opportunities for the local, national, and international communities.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, non-profit research and education institution dedicated to exploring molecular biology and genetics in order to advance the understanding and ability to diagnose and treat cancers, neurological diseases, and other causes of human suffering.  For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.