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Genetic Update Conference Feb. 6 at PJC

Published or Revised January 10, 2007

If you have had questions regarding DNA or about genetics in general, then plan to attend Sam Rhine’s “Genetic Update Conference” at Paris Junior College on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

This nationally known human genetics educator will make Paris one of his stops in a series of four conferences scheduled for Texas in February. He will discuss genetic information as it relates to stem cell research and cancer, 10 years of cloning, the Bird Flu Virus, and other topics.

Rhine will also tackle the questions: “Can stem cells cause cancer?” and, “Can cancer be transmissible?”

Hosted by PJC and arranged by biology instructor Jack Brown, Rhine’s conference will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the Ray Karrer Theater. The conference is open to students, teachers, parents and anyone in the community who would like to attend and learn more about genetics, Brown said.

Admission is $15 per person. Pre-registration is available by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also pre-register by telephoning 1.800.727.2315. Payment is due the morning of the conference.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. “The conference will end at 1 p.m. so those attending can get lunch on their way back to home, work or school,” Brown said. Attendees will get a break at 10:30 a.m.

This is the 24th year that Rhine has made presentations around the U.S. and Canada. He has also spoken to audiences in London, Tokyo, Prague, Vienna, and Nairobi and St. Petersburg, Russia.

School administrators usually recognize the day as an educational field trip or career opportunity day, according to Brown. It is a unique opportunity for students to hear the most up-to-date genetic information.

One expert in U.S. human genetics education described Rhine: “One of the most effective human genetics educators in America today.” He has been presented the Honorary Member Award given by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

In addition to lecturing throughout the nation, Rhine is on the adjunct faculty and teaches “Causes and Prevention of Birth Defects” for undergraduates and graduates at Indiana University in Bloomington. He also lectures annually to teachers and nurses across the U.S.

Pre-registration forms and further information can also be obtained from Brown at PJC by calling 903.782.0319.

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