DNA Learning Center

DNA Learning Center The DNA Learning Center extends Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's research and postgraduate education mission to college, precollege, and public levels.

We have 5 locations and offer field trips, camps, educator training, websites, and museum tours. The mission of the DNA Learning Center is to prepare students and families to thrive in the gene age. We envision a day when all elementary students are exposed to principles of genetics and disease risk; when all high school students have the opportunity to do hands-on experiments with DNA; and when all families have access to genetic information they need to make informed health care choices.

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Summer camps are filling up! Register your 6th-12th grader for a week-long camp in Cold Spring Harbor, Lake Success, or Brooklyn. Visit our camp website at: http://summercamps.dnalc.org


Retweeted ColdSpringHarborLab (@CSHL):

Who says science can't be beautiful? 🦋 These stunning examples of #AgarArt selected by @ASMicrobiology show how #scientists and students alike can combine #art & #science for breathtaking results! 😍 Kudos to the winners from our @DNALC! 👇
https://t.co/BhP0JO78WU https://t.co/dyElcovXmf


Retweeted Alison Cucco (@AlisonCucco):

All smiles after collecting the last water samples for eDNA analysis! Will sampling at different distances into the Hudson River affect the fish diversity we detect? We will soon find out! Huge thanks to @HudsonRiverPark 🤝 #eDNA #biodiversity #STEM https://t.co/OKsZnFL2XK


Retweeted Jason Williams (@JasonWilliamsNY):

About halfway through our summer @DNALC python “Biocoding” summer camp. Everyone “forced” to choose a random partner, this time based on who has the closest birthday. Code review is actually fun! https://t.co/Wx2UfppR2G


Retweeted Christine Marizzi (@CMarizzi):

DNA barcoding Brooklyn (New York): A first assessment of biodiversity in Marine Park by citizen scientists

New article out today! #taxonomy #CitizenScience #DNABarcoding @dnalc @cshl #GenovesiEnvironmentalStudyCenter



Retweeted Christine Marizzi (@CMarizzi):

Conservation Genetics course kicked off today with @acucco #STEM #summer #Lab @nycsrmp @DNALC https://t.co/y4W6W2k0TS

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Looking forward to seeing their results at the spring symposium! https://t.co/J30qd6ENMa
Jennifer Gatz, Ph.D. on Twitter

Looking forward to seeing their results at the spring symposium! https://t.co/J30qd6ENMa

“Let the #barcoding begin! They wrote the proposal, collected the samples, and now it's time to isolate the DNA from 2 different ant species found at the #fishthicketpreserve @CSHL @DNALC @PatMedHS #research #apbiology #GoPatMed”


Retweeted HalfHollowHillsCSD (@OfficialHHHCSD):

6th graders from Candlewood took a trip to the @DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor where they completed a Bacterial Transformation Lab called "Glowing Genes". They added the jellyfish gene, GFP, to E. Coli Bacterial Cells. #HHHCSD https://t.co/Z9Qt8EEYVj


Retweeted ColdSpringHarborLab (@CSHL):

"Most people think #lungcancer is a death sentence, and it hasn't been. She's LIVING with lung #cancer." – @megynkelly talks w/ #cancersurvivor & friend-of-CSHL Sandy DeMille and asks Pres. Stillman about the future of #research.
⏯️ https://t.co/Pm4SpLJga5 https://t.co/gHUhXPyVTU

DNA Learning Center on Twitter

CSHL staff from the @CyVerseOrg @GrameneDatabase and @maizecode projects are presenting a half-day workshop on bioinformatics for plant genomics today. https://t.co/t1IB9p6Wml

“CSHL staff from the @CyVerseOrg @GrameneDatabase and @maizecode projects are presenting a half-day workshop on bioinformatics for plant genomics today.”


Retweeted ColdSpringHarborLab (@CSHL):

What is the most important scientific breakthrough of 2017?🤔 Two of the 12 contenders are CSHL innovations! 🎉

vote today via @sciencemagazine https://t.co/JiR9XMuC9d


Retweeted ColdSpringHarborLab (@CSHL):

High schooler Hillary Diane Andales won last year's @brkthroughprize junior challenge for this amazing video 🎥 https://t.co/42pmtXus2f

Now, her whole school in the Philippines is benefitting from her prize of a $100K @DNALC-led lab redesign ➡️ https://t.co/OHI1MtreZy https://t.co/pl4OShhwCK


Retweeted ColdSpringHarborLab (@CSHL):

Teens made all these spectacular videos. One will win @DNALC-led lab redesign for their school via @brkthroughprize! https://t.co/SJK7LHQTW8

Retweeted John S. Mead (@Evo_Explorer):Bruce Nash of @DNALC  leading us to extract DNA like they did with #Otzi  the ice...
John S. Mead on Twitter

Retweeted John S. Mead (@Evo_Explorer):

Bruce Nash of @DNALC leading us to extract DNA like they did with #Otzi the iceman #NABT2017 https://t.co/XgeQnHajnx

“Bruce Nash of @DNALC leading us to extract DNA like they did with #Otzi the iceman #NABT2017”


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General information

The Dolan DNALC, DNALC West, Harlem DNA Lab, and DNALC NYC in Brooklyn extend the Laboratory's traditional research and postgraduate education mission to the college, precollege, and public levels. Class field trips include hands-on laboratory experiments, interactive computer experiences, a museum exhibition, and multimedia presentations in the auditorium. Student summer day camps are week-long genetic workshops for students from middle school through high school. Teacher Training Workshops and Fellowships for secondary and college faculty are held at DNALC sites and at host institutions throughout the country. School District Membership Programs for local school districts provide benefits such as: preferred workshop placement, discounted field trips, and invitations to scientific lectures. Saturday DNA! classes make use of DNALC resources to provide fun learning experiences for the public. Our family of educational Internet sites are accessed world-wide and cover broad topics, including basic heredity, genetic disorders, eugenics, the discovery of the structure of DNA, DNA sequencing, cancer, and plant genetics. We have also extended the reach of two of our Internet sites by making content available on off-line media (CD-ROM or DVD). DNA Science, A First Course, 2nd Edition was published in 2002 and combines highly illustrated, narrative text with easy-to-use thoroughly reliable laboratory protocols appropriate for high school and college classes.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00




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