Genetics Update Conference highlights latest research
Jackson Community College will welcome noted speaker and educator Sam Rhine to campus for a Genetics Update Conference on Tuesday, March 12 in the Potter Center, JCC Central Campus.
Over the years, Rhine has spoken to tens of thousands of students and teachers about the latest in genetic research. This year’s conference will open with a review of genes, chromosomes and their anomalies, including both cytogenetic and monogenic syndromes. It will include an overview of new definitions for the genome, coding DNA genes, non-coding DNA genes, and microRNAs. He will discuss the genetics of common human conditions and their origins and review new findings from the 2012 ENCODE (ENCcyclopedia Of Dna Elements) international research consortium. Discussion continues with a look at the future possibility of any individual opting for a personal whole genome evaluation and prenatal genome analysis of the fetus. Rhine concludes with an update of new stem cell technologies, including possible therapies for macular degeneration, fetal alcohol syndrome, Huntington Disease and more.
High school and college students who attend Rhine’s conference are often enrolled in biology or Advanced Placement biology classes, are college bound, in college or in pre-professional tracts like medicine, life sciences or social studies. Every presentation begins with a review of the basics so less experienced students need not worry about being lost all day. Students have a unique chance to hear one of the top educators in the country present the most recent genetic information.
Admission to the Sam Rhine Genetic Update Conference is $20 per person for students, teachers and community guests. JCC faculty and students are free with student ID or class schedule. Payment due on day of program, for more information visit www.samrhine.com.