Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center

Enrich your child’s biology education with instruction from a world leader in genetics research.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center

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.

In 1988, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory established the DNA Learning Center (DNALC) as the world's first science center devoted entirely to public genetics education. Founder and executive director David Micklos anticipated that there would be huge gaps in science curricula taught at even the finest schools and conceived a program that would better prepare students in 5th through 12th grades and their families to thrive in the gene age.

The DNALC is the largest provider of biotechnology instruction at the precollege level in the United States, operating eight teaching laboratories in Cold Spring Harbor, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Sleepy Hollow. Each year 30,000 precollege students conduct hands-on experiments at a DNALC or receive intensive lab instruction from DNALC staff at their schools. More than 23,000 middle and high school students have attended our week-long summer camps.

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