Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2009-2010 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: The Genetics of Human Disease

It has become increasingly evident that a vast number of human disorders, ranging from Down syndrome to cancer, are rooted in our genes. The completion of the Human Genome Project, which revealed the full sequence of human DNA, brought with it the expectation that a spectrum of diseases would be causally linked to specific genetic mutations. In reality, the picture has proven to be far more complicated.

Whitehead Institute’s 2009-2010 Lecture Series for High School Teachers, “The Genetics of Human Disease,” explored the latest research into genetic abnormalities and how the relatively new but exploding field of epigenetics is changing the way scientists think about the causes and treatments of some of our most intractable diseases.


Kick-off session: Monday, October 5, 2009

The genetics of human infertility

David C. Page, Member, Whitehead Institute

[3.0MB pdf]

Monday, November 2, 2009

Using simple cells to model complex diseases

Susan Lindquist, Member, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, December 7, 2009

The personal genome project/synthetic biologY

George Church, Harvard Medical School

[1.4MB pdf]

Monday, January 11, 2010*

The genetics of autism

Christopher Walsh, Children's Hospital Boston

[17.2MB pdf]

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cystic fibrosis

Christopher Hug, Children's Hospital Boston

[4.4MB pdf]

Monday, March 1, 2010

The genetics of classifying cancer 

Todd Golub, Broad Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, April 5, 2010

The biology and diseases of aging

Dena Cohen, Glenn Laboratory for The Science of Aging, MIT
Michael Bonkowski, Glenn Laboratory for The Science of Aging, MIT

[7.5MB pdf]

Monday, MAy 2, 2011

Genetic testing and counseling in the 21st Century

Judith Tsipis, Brandeis University

[presentation not available]

Monday, June 6, 2011

The mechanics of heredity

Andreas Hochwagen, Whitehead Institute Fellow

[5.4MB pdf and 253KB pdf]

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