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HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology education series coming to Dothan, Wiregrass area

DOTHAN (August 22, 2023) Residents in the City of Dothan and the Wiregrass area can learn more about the power of genomics in September and October. HudsonAlpha Wiregrass will host four “HudsonAlpha U” events this fall. “HudsonAlpha U” is the name of HudsonAlpha’s Educational Outreach public education program and resources. The events will be hosted by HudsonAlpha Vice President of Educational Outreach, Kelly East. 

Genomics 101 will take place on Tuesday, September 19 in the morning and evening. Residents can learn how genomics and biotechnology influence daily decisions regarding food, energy and health. They can learn about what DNA is, how changes in DNA contribute to health and disease, and the impact of biotechnology on agriculture, medicine and the environment. Genomics 101 will provide an introduction to the field of genomics and explores how the study of DNA is driving discovery and innovation.

Understanding Pharmacogenomics will take place on Tuesday, October 24 in the morning and evening. Residents will learn about pharmacogenomics, a rapidly growing field that deals with how genetic changes affect the way a person responds to certain medications. They will learn how genetic changes are part of the explanation for why a medicine may work spectacularly in one person, not at all for another, and produce harmful side effects in a third. Understanding Pharmacogenomics will dig into this emerging field and what it can, and cannot, tell you about your health.

The events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Register now at this link: https://www.hudsonalpha.org/u/wiregrass/#upcoming-events

HudsonAlpha U events in the City of Dothan and Wiregrass Area:

Genomics 101

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
10:00 a.m.
Dothan Houston County Library: 445 N. Oats St., Dothan, AL

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
5:30 p.m.
The Atta Library of STEM and History: 114 Court St. Abbeville, AL


Understanding Pharmacogenomics

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
10:00 a.m.
Wiregrass Foundation: 1532 Whatley Dr., Dothan, AL

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
5:30 p.m.
Dale County Government Office Building: 202 South Highway 123, Ozark, AL 


About HudsonAlpha Wiregrass

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit organization with the mission to use biotechnology and basic biological research to make important discoveries, improve human health, stimulate economic development, inspire young people to seek careers in science and teach members of the public the importance of science in their everyday lives. The Institute launched the HudsonAlpha Wiregrass initiative in 2022.