NHGRI Researchers Go Back to School for National DNA Day
Bethesda, Maryland On April 25, dozens of researchers from
the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will head back to schools
in their hometowns - from Newtonville, Mass. to Newport Beach, Calif. and
speak to students about the genome revolution and genetic research at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH).
The presentations are timed to coincide with National DNA Day, a day set aside
by Congress to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the landmark
paper by Drs. James Watson and Francis Crick, which described the double helix
structure of DNA and to also offer educational opportunities to teachers and
students. To do this, NHGRI has developed educational tools on genetics and
genomics that are freely available to teachers and students to help them make
the most of National DNA Day. These educational tools are available at www.genome.gov/Education.
Alan Guttmacher, M.D., NHGRI's deputy director, and Raynard S. Kington, M.D.,
Ph.D., deputy director of NIH, will go to their hometown of Baltimore, Md. to
talk to students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute where Dr. Kington attended
In another historic moment earlier this month, NHGRI, the Department of Energy
(DOE) and their international partners announced the successful completion of
the Human Genome Project, the effort to sequence the 3 billion DNA letters in
the human genetic instruction book. Many of the genetic pioneers from the past
50 years spoke at the events to celebrate the occasion. Information about these
events can be viewed on the Web at www.genome.gov/About/April2003.
"The completion of the Human Genome Project is a monumental achievement,
but it's only the beginning." said NHGRI Director Francis S. Collins, M.D.,
Ph.D. "We are depending on the next generation of scientists to translate
the human genome sequence and use it to prevent, treat and eventually cure the
common diseases that afflict families around the globe. National DNA Day is
a wonderful opportunity for NHGRI researchers to make personal contact with
students and get them excited about the 'era of the genome'."
The astronomer Carl Sagan once said, "Everybody starts out as a scientist.
Every child has the scientist's sense of wonder and awe." By making a presentation
on National DNA day, NHGRI researchers hope to encourage this sense of wonder
and awe and act as a catalyst for students pursuing careers in science.
NHGRI is one of the 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of
Health, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Additional
information about NHGRI can be found at its Web site, www.genome.gov.
To arrange an interview with a scientist visiting your area, please contact
Geoff Spencer, (301) 402-0911.
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Newton North HS
Park Senior HS
North Bethesda Middle School
Plymouth High School
Rice Memorial HS
St. Paul's School
Windsor High School
Bonnie Branch MS
Swartz Creek Hs
Samuel J. Tilden HS
Saint Mary's Springs High School
Walt Whitman HS
Pamlico County HS
Pulaski Cnty.Governor's HS
Lowndes High School
Crossland High School
Mt. Lebanon HS
William Tennent High School
Newport Harbor HS
Natrona County HS
University of Hawaii
Gulliver Preparatory Campus
Bethesda Chevy Chase HS
Academy of the Holy Cross
The Peddie School
Roland Park Country School
Suncoast Community HS
Fond du lac,
Educational resources and events for National DNA Day can be found at www.genome.gov/About/April2003/DNADay
- DNA - The Next Generation
An Educational Videocast
Nobel laureate James Watson and NHGRI Director Francis Collins discuss with
high school students the past, present and future of DNA. A webcast of the
event will be available starting on April 25. The 30-minute program also will
be fed via satellite at two different times on April 25: 9:00 a.m.Eastern
and 1:00 p.m. Eastern.
- Genetics Education Modules
A series of educationmodules, including specific teaching plans, that present
the history, facts and genetic terminology behind the Human Genome Project,
as well as the ethical, legal and social questions surrounding this research.
- Exploring Our Molecular Selves
An online, multimedia education kit on the Human Genome Project.
- Genetics Mentorship Program
A new, nationwide program created to provide genetics experts for the classroom.
- Human Genetic Variation
An online curriculum supplement on the basics of human genetics.
- Joint Genome Institute from the Department of Energy
This full-color educational poster, entitled "Genomics: The Human Genome
and Beyond," is available free to teachers and genomics professionals.
The placemat-sized poster features basic information on DNA, protein synthesis,
the genome sequencing process, comparative genomics, human differences and
mutations, and genomics applications
For more information about National DNA Day and all of the April 2003 events,
visit NHGRI's Web site at: www.genome.gov
For satellite downlink information, go to: www.genome.gov/About/April2003/Satellite.
For webcast information, go to: www.genome.gov/About/April2003/Webcast