22q at the Zoo Event this Sunday

May 17, 2016 – Just like many other teenagers, Caleb Jones, 18, of Travelers Rest loves playing Xbox and watching movies. His dog, Koa is his best friend. But unlike most others his age, Caleb struggles with daily activities. Caleb has velocardiofacial (VCF) syndrome.

VCF syndrome is one of several genetic disorders caused by an abnormality of chromosome 22. The q11.2 designation identified what part of chromosome 22 is either missing or duplicated. Individuals affected with a 22q11.2 disorders may have a variety of medical problems including heart defects, problems fighting infection, cleft palate, and developmental delays or autism. There is tremendous variability between affected individuals.


Science on Tap Features Talk on Energy Technology

Lander Professor to Discuss "Nanotechnology: How the Science of Small Things Has a Big Impact"

AlbertApril 26, 2016 - The second 'Science on Tap' will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6pm at Caffé 312 in Uptown Greenwood. Science on Tap is a community lecture series designed to share some of the scientific advances happening in Greenwood.

The May 3rd event will feature Albert Dukes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lander University. Dr. Dukes will discuss 'Nanotechnology: How the science of small things has a big impact.' The presentation will be followed by time for discussion and questions.

"Nanotechnology is playing an emerging role in how we produce and use energy," said Dukes. "This technology helps us to produce more efficient solar cells so that we can better generate electricity without increasing carbon dioxide emissions."

Science on Tap is an initiative started and organized by the Greenwood Genetic Center. "This program originated as a way for local scientists to share their work in an informal and accessible way with the broader Greenwood community," said Leta Tribble, Director of Education at the Greenwood Genetic Center. "Scientists and non-scientists alike are invited for a fun and engaging look into the research happening right here in our area."

The public is invited, and the event is free to attend. Registration is not required, but interested individuals are asked to RSVP to GGC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 864-388-1801 by Monday, May 2.

Dr. Albert Dukes - photo courtesy of Lander University

Summer Teachers' Course Registration Open

The 2016 Summer Course for Teachers is BIO610: Developmental Genetics: A Journey from Conception through Adulthood and will be held at GGC June 20-23, 2016. Registration is now open.

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The Story Behind Race the Helix

GGC is proud to present a new video sharing the wonderful story of the Shenal family. The video explains how the Greenwood Genetic Center's compassionate care for their family led Stephen and Jodi to start Race the Helix, an event that is gaining attention through 5K events across South Carolina as well as 'Treadmill Challenge' events happening at national and international levels through GGC's partnership with Front Line Genomics in London. All funds raised through Race the Helix events benefit the GGC Foundation, supporting families like the Shenals everyday.

Take a few minutes to learn about this family's story, how GGC helped them, and how you can support their efforts through Race the Helix. Click the image below to start the video, you'll be so glad you did!

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