Bio Teach Offering FREE PD for Teachers March 23 at MIT

Mass BioEd's Bio Teach program offers teachers professional development programs bringing together resources from universities, biotech companies, and veteran educators to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge to implement innovative life science labs and develop cutting-edge life sciences curricula. Bio Teach workshops qualify for PDPs and, in some cases, graduate credit. Register today for "Exploring Personal Genetics with PCR," Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at MIT. Participants will isolate their own DNA and use PDR to amplify the gene responsible for the ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). They will then determine their genotype through restriction enzyme analysis and electrophoresis.  Participants will also explore personal genetics through a complementary lab that simulates the identification of individuals' genotypes for the D1S80 VNTR (variable number tandem repeats) locus. Click here to register.