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Students in Nerissa DeRamus' biology class at Thompson High School Skypes with HudsonAlpha scientist Jennifer Carden on April 25. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)
Students in Nerissa DeRamus' biology class at Thompson High School Skypes with HudsonAlpha scientist Jennifer Carden on April 25. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

THS Skypes for science

Published 5:44pm Friday, April 25, 2014

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Ninth-graders in Nerissa DeRamus’ biology class at Thompson High School may one day work to make breakthrough discoveries in the biomedical field after Skyping with one of Alabama’s top genomic scientists on April 25.

In honor of DNA Day, which is held each year to commemorate the 1953 discovery of DNA’s double helix, DeRamus’ class Skyped with Jennifer Carden with the Huntsville-based HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

During the class, Carden discussed ways exome mapping allows scientists to identify and possibly treat genetic disorders, and discussed ways bacteria affects traits such as obesity.

Carden also explained several growing jobs in the biomedical field, such as genetic counseling, which “helps people understand how genetics impact their lives,” and computational biology, which Carden said can bring a $100,000 salary out of college.

“We are trying to get the kids to become more involved in careers like these, because they are growing so fast,” DeRamus said.

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