We are on the threshold of a world where biotechnology influences daily decisions about foods we eat, energy we use, the ways we monitor the world and choices we make about health and well-being. To responsibly evaluate these choices we need a society that is well-educated about DNA, the role of genetics in disease and the impact of biotechnology on agriculture, medicine and the environment. The goal of HudsonAlpha’s free public education classes is to foster a biotech-literate community.

HudsonAlpha’s popular seminar series Biotech 101 is an introduction to the field of biotechnology and the influence of genetics on human health and disease. Offered each fall over four weekly sessions, participants are taught DNA basics and the relevance of genetics and genomics in medicine, agriculture and the environment. Each session includes a primer on basic genetic concepts followed by examples of these concepts in a research and/or commercial setting and presented by HudsonAlpha scientists and educators.

Biotech 201 is a follow-on course for those who have completed Biotech 101. The course is offered each February as four, weekly sessions led by Dr. Neil Lamb, HudsonAlpha’s Vice President for Educational Outreach. Each year’s Biotech 201 explores a different topic in genetics and genomics research. Past special topics have included the human microbiome, cancer, neuro-degenerative, psychiatric and adult-onset disorders, and technologies used for research, diagnosis and treatments.

Due to its popularity, registration for 2014 Biotech 101 has reached capacity. Biotech 101 will be held again in September 2015 with registration opening in mid-July 2015. If you are not currently receiving HudsonAlpha’s eJournal, we invite you to join our mailing list to stay abreast of future Biotech 101 offerings as well as other exciting discoveries.

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The 2014 Biotech201 sessions on the Human Microbiome are now available for viewing on the HudsonAlpha YouTube Channel through the links below.

Session 1: What is the microbiome and how does it develop?
Session 2: The microbiome’s role in behavior, autism and cardiovascular disorders
Session 3: Obesity, digestive disorders and the microbiome
Session 4: The impact of probiotics, prebiotics and antibiotics on the microbiome