Jane’s Trust provides $75K to The Jackson Laboratory for "Teaching the Genome Generation" teacher course

Bar Harbor, Maine – Jane’s Trust, a Boston-based philanthropic organization, has made a $75,000 grant to The Jackson Laboratory in support of "Teaching the Genome Generation," the Laboratory’s innovative teacher professional development education program.

Launched last summer, Teaching the Genome Generation  is geared at giving high school science and math teachers hands-on lab experience. The goal of the course is to bring greater understanding of the basics of genomics--molecular biology techniques, use of genome databases, and social, ethical and legal issues--to public schools.

"Medicine is increasingly based on genetics and genomics", notes Kristen Rozansky, JAX vice president for development and communications. "This course is a first step in preparing today's high school students for the healthcare--and the healthcare careers--of the future. We are grateful to Jane's Trust for recognizing the power of this 'teach the teachers' approach with their generous grant."

This month JAX presented "Teaching the Genome Generation" in Bar Harbor and at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Conn.

The Jackson Laboratory offers educational programs for scientists throughout their careers from high school students and teachers to experienced researchers defining the cutting edge of genomics research and physicians interested in incorporating genetics and genomics into their practices.

Jane's Trust was created through the beneficence of Jane B. Cook, who died in July 2002. Mrs. Cook was known in the communities where she lived as a down-to-earth woman who was generous to the core. The Trust aims to continue the legacy of generosity that she established during her lifetime.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. It employs 1,700 staff, and its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

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