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DNA Science

Cost: $3,000
Age: Rising 8th graders and older
Dates: July 16-30, 2017
Spots available: 24

The DNA Science Program will introduce students to DNA structure and function, the process of transcribing and translating genetic code into protein, and the study of the human genome. Students will experiment with some of the tools that have allowed scientists to study DNA and the human genome: gel electrophoresis, restriction enzymes, polymerase chain reaction, genetic transformation, and public genome databases. At the end of the course, each student will sequence a small portion of his or her own genome that correlates with a specific physical trait, such as the ability to taste bitter molecules or lactose intolerance.


Simon Holdaway

DNA Science Program Director

Simon Holdaway teaches Genetics, Cell Biology and Biology at The Loomis Chaffee School. He is a former neuroscience researcher and adjunct professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at Quinnipiac University. His passion is DNA education. To that end he is a coauthor on the 2016 edition of Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium, the nation’s bestselling biotech textbook. Simon loves being in the lab and playing with the cool toys that make up the modern research laboratory setting. He also runs the Guided Science Research Program at Loomis Chaffee.