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NCRR Launches Youth Education Campaign to Teach Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Institutes of Health has created a $10 million education and public-relations campaign aimed at teaching youths about biomedical research and health issues.
 
The agency will fund two programs designed to spread the word about genomics and genetics, including one at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, and another at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, Calif.
 
The NIH’s National Center for Research Resources said today it has given a $373,000 Scientific Education Partnership Award to CSHL for the second phase of a web-based project intended to teach high schools by sharing the information to 800 biology teacher through one-day workshops arranged throughout the country.
The program was launched in early 2006 by CSHL’s Dolan DNA Learning Center. The web platform is called Inside Cancer.
 
SEPA also will grant $540,000 to the Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland to fund a program called “Your Genes, Your Choices,” which is an interactive traveling exhibit about the genetic factors that influence health, and another program aimed at middle schools that will include information about the genetic basis of diseases.

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