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Room Still Available for ABCs of DNA Offered at METRO

METRO and the NY-NJ Chapter of the Medical Library Association are co-hosting a 4-hour CE class entitled ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers.  The class is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR).
Description:  Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in a manner that is understandable. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information.
This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society.
A variety of reliable health information resources will be demonstrated, including, but not limited to: Genetics Home Reference, ClinicalTrials.gov, Combined Health Information Database (CHID), National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), and MedlinePlus.
Instructor:  Carrie Iwema, PhD, MLS is an information specialist in molecular biology at the University of Pittsburgh.  Carrie has a special interest and expertise in genomics, DNA and personalized medicine.
Who?  This 4-hour hands-on class is intended for public librarians and health sciences librarians who work with the public.
When?  February 6, 2013 from 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Where? At METRO, 57 East 11th Street, 4th floor
Register at http://metro.org/events/301/.

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