Sunday, Mar 03, 2019 9:00a -
The Row Hotel at Assembly Row
360 Foley Street
Somerville, MA 02145
Lectures & Conferences, Tech
Are you perplexed about the issues around DNA analysis, such as the genealogy and health claims that you see daily? This program is a full day workshop session designed for those interested in learning about the digital tools and genetic knowledge necessary for understanding how the fast-growing science of genetics and genomics will impact society and their lives. Decision options around choosing an ancestry DNA analysis provider, or submitting your DNA to various health or wellness services, will be explored. The workshop will include active learning experiences and hands-on training to supplement lecture and reading materials.
Geared towards folks who are beginners in understanding DNA in the context of genetics, health, and ancestry. Basic features of DNA and variation will be introduced to offer the framework for understanding DNA testing outcomes.
Each session will be led by a biologist with a PhD, who has also had their DNA tested and understands the issues we face.
Outcomes from Genetic Literacy include:
•understanding basic concepts surrounding DNA, genes, and genetic terminology.
•exploring how genetics impacts identity and ancestry, and examining popular genealogy web sites.
•knowing how to assess health-related DNA claims, using digital tools.
•getting acquainted with strategies to identify quality sources of public information relating to DNA and health issues
•becoming aware of the potential risks associated with DNA data and related privacy concerns.
This workshop is independent of any DNA analysis providers and will not provide or offer DNA testing or diagnostic services, nor medical advice. The workshop is entirely informational, providing guidance on the types of providers and tools that exist. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops or tablets, or may request a loaner. Alternatively, you are not required to use a computer, and may choose to come for the information and workshop materials packets.
Participants must complete the entire workshop in order to receive the digital badge.
Presented by: BosLab, a non-profit community lab, and OpenHelix are partnering with the City of Somerville to offer this DNA Literacy workshop and Digital Badge opportunity.
A three-evening workshop (three consecutive Mondays) is also available. Please visit https://geneticliteracythreeevenings.eventbrite.com