Press Release

TIGR Offers Genomics Course

TIGR's genomics course for educators, which is designed to give high school biology teachers a thorough understanding of genomics, will be offered on Saturdays this fall, starting on October 19th.

September 4, 2002

The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) announced today that it is accepting registration applicants for its comprehensive Genomics Course for Educators. The course is designed for teachers who want to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving field of genomics. There will be no charge for instruction or materials.

Taught by TIGR scientists, the course aims to give high school and college biology faculty a thorough understanding of genomics - the study of the entire genetic material of organisms. The course offers high school biology teachers the most up-to-date information presented by TIGR, which has conducted groundbreaking research in this multifaceted field. As part of the genomics program, participating teachers will develop a lesson plan based on what they learned in the course.

Topics covered in the genomics course include:

  • The biological process by which cells read and follow genetic instructions
  • Techniques in molecular biology for manipulating DNA so that it can be studied
  • An overview of "whole genome shotgun sequencing" and the processes involved in sequencing the human genome
  • Discussion of ethical issues related to such topics as genetically altered crops, genetic therapy, genes and disease, personalized medicine, the Human Genome Project, and privacy of individual genetic information

TIGR's genomics course for educators will be offered this fall on Saturdays beginning October 19 and ending November 16, 2002. The classes will be from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Enrollment is open to all high school and community college science teachers. Maryland's state Department of Education has approved the TIGR genomics course for two continuing professional education credits. If teachers request credits from their departments, the class may also meet teacher recertification requirements in Virginia and the District of Columbia. All classes will be conducted at TIGR's headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

"This course is ideal for educators who want to learn from a direct source of research rather than existing traditional education workshops and seminars," said Dr. Claire M. Fraser, president of TIGR. "We hope to give teachers a better understanding of genomics and its impact, and to help these educators inspire young people to choose careers in science and technology."