Hundreds of students participate in Genome Day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — At the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, it was a day of fun and looking forward to the future.

Hundreds of Buffalo 7th and 8th grade students met with local scientists at the institute to participate in a day which is geared at getting younger students interested in the sciences.

The day — called Genome Day — allowed the students to extract DNA and decipher its code.

“We are engaging them to make their own DNA, and teaching them about the importance of the information that’s encoded in their DNA, and how it’s going to impact on their health care,” Dr. Norma Nowak, executive director of New York State Center of Excellence, said.

She said mapping the first human genome project required many scientists with a STEM background.

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