Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Rutgers Will Use $3M in NSF Grants to Bring Genomics to NJ High Schools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Rutgers University will use $3 million in a pair of National Science Foundation grants to pay for projects that aim to help teach genomics and bioinformatics at certain regional high schools, the New Jersey-based university said Saturday.
 
The programs will be run jointly by William Sofer and Andrew Vershon of Rutgers’ Waksman Institute of Microbiology, and will be part of the Waksman Student Scholars Program, begun in 1993.
 
One program, “Bioinformatics: Learning by Doing,” is a four-year project that will develop web-based tools and resources to allow students to conduct bioinformatics research using the university's DNA Sequence Analysis Program software.
 
In this program, students will participate in an “authentic research project” and publish their results, Sofer said in a statement.
 
The second program, called “HiGene: A Genome Sequencing Project for High Schools,” is a three-year effort that will involve summer programs at the Waksman Institute for 75 New Jersey teachers and 30 students on site, and around 300 New Jersey students who will engage in the program remotely.
 
This program is designed to “encourage and promote the use of the vast array of Internet-based tools that has been built up around the field of molecular biology over the past few decades, and lead teachers and their students to an understanding of how DNA sequence information is acquired and analyzed," Vershon said.
 
Rutgers also said that GE Healthcare's Life Sciences Business, which has been ”an active participant” in the WSSP, next year plans to expand the relationship with Rutgers by adding a mentor program and having high school science teachers come to GE Healthcare over the summer to learn about protein science.
 
Additional information can be found here.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.