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Thanks to a $1 million National Science Foundation grant, Christiana Care’s Gene Editing Institute and Delaware Technical Community College developed
a unique curriculum to include gene editing into two courses in its biological sciences program at its Stanton, Delaware campus. As part of the grant, Delaware Tech will also hold a series of workshops over the next several years to teach gene editing techniques to community college faculty across the U.S. and help them develop their own curricula.
Gene editing is a way of making specific changes to the DNA of a cell or organism. An enzyme cuts the DNA at a specific sequence, and when this is repaired by the cell a change or “edit” is made to the sequence.
Eric Kmiec, Ph.D.
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“This partnership is leading the nation in
making the promise of gene editing a reality and cultivating a workforce with the special skills that will be vital in this new frontier of bioscience,” said Dr. Nevin.
“California may have its Silicon Valley, but here in Delaware we have our own Innovation Corridor — home to some of the giants of engineering, manu- facturing, industry, education and health care.”
“This innovative curriculum combines the unique talents of Christiana Care’s world-renowned gene editing team with the teaching expertise of our instructors at Delaware Tech,” said Delaware Tech President Mark T. Brainard, J.D. “This program will provide a boost to biomedical research and en- hance the workforce in Delaware and elsewhere.”
"It is very exciting that students carrying out
this unique reaction in an educational format can see
a direct application into the real world of cancer research.”
Eric Kmiec, Ph.D.
      Christiana Care Health System President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, shares the excitement of pioneering a gene editing technician training program with students at Delaware Technical Community College.
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