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DNA from the Beginning Gets a Makeover

An animated primer of the 75 experiments that made modern genetics.

DNA from the Beginning

Spring is for new beginnings! Same popular content, new design: in response to your feedback we have updated DNA from the Beginning, our first and most popular educational website. Improvements include:

  • A more modern look and feel
  • Easier animation navigation, including jump points to your favorite parts
  • A more intuitive and powerful search function
  • Contextual, linked scientists page, glossary, and site map
  • Enhanced video; plugin no longer required

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NYC Urban Barcode Project

Explore New York City’s DNA!


Urban Barcode ProjectThe Urban Barcode Project is a science competition where high school students use DNA barcoding to explore genetic biodiversity in New York City. Just as a unique pattern of bars in a universal product code identifies each item for sale in a store, a DNA barcode is a DNA sequence that uniquely identifies each species of living thing.

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Educator Workshops


We have workshops scheduled for high school and college educators on genome analysis tools, as well as professional development for NYC teachers. Go to our Educator Workshop page for information on upcoming opportunities, which include:

  • iPlant Genomics in Education Workshops - learn how to use our bioinformatics platform DNA Subway to teach molecular biology through to student research.
  • ATE Genomic Approaches in Biotechnology Workshops - educators will learn how to utilize cutting-edge biotechnologies in proven laboratory and bioinformatics investigations. Dates to be announced shortly.

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Student Summer Science Camps


DNALC Student Summer Camp 2011 registration is now open! The DNALC "invented" DNA day camps in 1985, and since then over 12,000 sixth through twelfth grade students have participated. Guided by experienced instructors, students use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers.

Camps fill quickly, so sign up to avoid disappointment.

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