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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.”
Kristen Pisarcik, science educator at the Gene Editing Institute, serves as liaison
for the program at Delaware Tech. “What is really cool about the program is that as soon as new techniques are discovered and advanced at the Gene Editing Institute, I can immediately transfer those discoveries into the community college curriculum,” she said.
“The curriculum can be expanded to accommodate any level of instruction, and that’s the beauty of it,” said Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., director of the Gene Editing Institute at Christiana Care. “Students are now
using the second iteration of a gene editing laboratory exercise that we developed — the same reaction that we still use in our own research laboratory.
"It’s the basis for the new ‘gene editing on a chip technology,’ a cancer diagnostic tool that’s already been commercialized.
“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.”
“Having the CRISPR Cas 9 gene editing tool brought into our courses has
been a tremendous advantage for our
Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH
students,” said John McDowell, Ph.D., a faculty member who teaches biology and biotechnology at Delaware Technical Community College. “Right here in Delaware they are able to gain access to the latest information and skills that are very rarely taught in an undergraduate level, especially at community colleges, that will position them for future education and the biomedical workforce.”
“Iam thrilled and grateful to be part of a pioneering program,” said Sheldon Wilson, a student enrolled in the spring genetics class. “The gene editing techniques I have
John McDowell, Ph.D., teaches biology and biotechnology at Delaware Technical Community College.
learned in this course will transfer very well to a four-year university.”
“I love science and I love medicine, and I want to pursue an advanced degree,” said
Deborah Negron, also
a student in the class. “Gene editing is going to have an enormous impact on all fields of science and medicine, and it is important for me to learn this technology now.” 

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