Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2006-2007 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: The Awesome Power of Genetics

The sequencing of the human genome was only the first step in learning how the instructions coded in DNA lead to a functioning human being. The next stage of genomic research is focusing on the role of each gene and how faulty genes contribute to disease.

Researchers are focusing on creating a new class of drugs that target the genetic signatures of various diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, hoping to develop a new generation of “smart” drugs.


Kick-off session: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Thoughts on Viruses and the Immune System

Hidde Ploegh, Member, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, November 6, 2006

Using Yeast as a Model to Study Neurodegenerative Disorders

Susan Lindquist, Member, Whitehead Institute

[3.2MB pdf]

Monday, December 4, 2006

How Meiosis Relates to Birth Defects/Cancer

Andreas Hochwagen, Fellow, Whitehead Institute

[5.1MB pdf]

Monday, January 8, 2007

Nuclear Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cells and Cell Therapy: Promises, Problems, Reality

Rudolf Jaenisch, Member, Whitehead Institute

[4.8MB pdf]

Monday, February 5, 2007

Cracking Open the Black Box of Autoimmune Disease

Mark Daly, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital

[4.0MB pdf]

Monday, March 5, 2007

Population Genetics

Alex Marson, MIT graduate student and Harvard Medical School student

[2.1MB pdf]

Monday, April 2, 2007

Genetics of DNA Repair

Leona Samson, Director, Center for Environmental Health Sciences, MIT Biological Engineering Division

[5.4MB pdf]

Monday, MAy 7, 2007

Personalized medicine: the promise, the hype, the reality

Glenn Miller, Scientific Director, Genzyme Corp.

[4.1MB pdf]

Monday, June 4, 2007

Genetic Counseling: What is it? How Does it Work?

Judith Tsipis, Director, Genetic Counseling Program, Brandeis University

[1.8MB pdf]

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