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College to host bioscience training

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College will host a weeklong workshop on genomics in bioscience for college and higher-level high school teachers, equipping these educators with the latest knowledge and techniques in the field.

Genomic Approaches in BioSciences will be offered Monday through June 24 on the Gwinnett Tech campus in Lawrenceville. Other community colleges across the country are also hosting the workshop, but Gwinnett Tech was the only site in the Southeast selected.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the world's leader in bioinformatics, is collaborating with Gwinnett Tech to offer the workshop, according to a news release. The sessions will focus on four key technologies -- PCR, DNA sequencing, RNA interference and bioinformatics -- that will prepare faculty in laboratory technique and career exploration for their students.

"The bioscience program at Gwinnett Tech is a source of leading-edge science that can be applied in the classroom for educational purposes," said Philip Gibson, director of Gwinnett Tech's bioscience program. "The workshop will be led by researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and will host professors from colleges and universities throughout the Southeastern U.S."

Participants are expected to use the information gained from the workshops in their own classrooms over the next year.