Manassas Campus Hosts the Second National DNA Day Celebration

Dr. Ia Gomez and student Sundas Raja

Dr. Ia Gomez and student Sundas Raja

The Manassas Campus held National DNA Day on April 23 to celebrate the 53th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. The event was organized by Biotechnology Program Head Ia Gomez (MA) in collaboration with Student Activities Coordinator Leif Corbett (MA), and with active participation of more than 40 students.

The event consisted of numerous hands-on activities and games, live music, food, a DNA inspired art contest and a guest speaker from the FBI DNA lab from Quantico, Virginia.

The event increases awareness of the importance of DNA and DNA technology. This year special emphasis was made in the area of DNA analysis in forensics to solve crimes, to convict or exonerate people. There were also different activities in which students were able to extract DNA from food or learn about genetically modified organisms in our everyday life.

More than 300 NOVA students attended this fun, educational and interactive event. To see pictures, please visit the Biotechnology Program website at www.nvcc.edu/manassas/biotech.
For more information about the Biotechnology Program, please contact Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu or 703-530-8255

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