FSU Department of Natural Science receives new genetic analyzer with help from grant

FSU Department of Natural Science receives new genetic analyzer with help from grant


TECHNOLOGY TO ITS FORENSIC SCIENCE SCHOOL WITH THE HELP OF A STATE GRANT. RONNELL HUNT IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM NOW AND TELLS US HOW THE GRANT IS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THEIR FUTURE. RONNELL GOOD AFTERNOON MARISA, FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL SCIENCES HAS RECEIVED A $50,000 GRANT FROM THE WEST VIRGINIA NETWORK OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH EXCELLENCE – INBRE PROGRAM. WITH A $15,000 MATCH FROM THE UNIVERSITY FOR HELP TO PRUCHASE A GENETIC ANALYZER. THE GENETIC ANALYZER HELPS TO IDENTIFY UNKNOWN DNA SAMPLES BY COMPARING THEM TO KNOWN PEOPLE. IT WILL ALSO ALLOW STUDENTS TO DO DNA SEQUENCING – A TECHNIQUE THAT CAN BE APPLIED ACROSS MULTIPLE BRANCHES OF SCIENCE. I WAS ABLE TO SPEAK WITH THE PROFESSOR OF FORENSIC SCIENCE, DR. MARK FLOOD WHO SAYS THE NEW ANALYZER WILL HELP STUDENTS DIVE DEEPER INTO RESEARCH WITH REAL-WORLD EQUIPMENT THAT WILL BETTER PREPARE THEM FOR THE FUTURE. Dr. Mark Flood – “We are able to do genetic analysis of individuals like they do in the forensics lab down in Charleston. So, we have those capabilities now which we never had before and I think it’s a great experience for our students and hopefully the people that are going to hire them are going to be interested in seeing that they have those skills.” RONNELL AS STUDENTS WILL CONDUCT RESEARCH AND PRESENTATIONS AT STATEWIDE…REGIONAL, AND NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS. FLOOD SAID THE GENETIC ANALYZER WILL ALLOW FACULTY TO FOCUS ON THE SCIENCE BEHIND DNA ANALYSIS INSTEAD OF SIMPLY DISCUSSING THE APPLICATION OF THE TECHNOLOGY. REPORTING LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM FOR 12 NEWS. I AM RONNELL HUNT. MARISA G-M WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ON STRIKE…WE’LL SEE WHEN THE UNION COULD REACH A DEAL, NEXT ON 12 NEWS…AND ANOTHER PERSON… MARISA HAS DIED AS A RESULT OF

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