Sachem Hosts Conference Led by Prestigious Geneticist

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Students and staff from multiple Long Island school districts converged on the Sachem High School North auditorium for a genetics program presented by nationally renowned genetics educator Dr. Sam Rhine.

In its 14th year at Sachem High School North, the one-day genetics conference designed for community members, high school students and their teachers provided key insight for students interested in careers in medicine, biological research or other life science careers.

This year’s conference spanned topics that included the genetics of common single-gene disorders such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, to more complicated polygenic conditions, such as obesity, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, recent advances within the field of genetics and information regarding the widely popular ancestry testing, currently directly available to consumers, was also discussed.