Have you wondered how companies like 23andMe or ancestryDNA can tell you the “story” of your DNA using only your saliva? This class is designed to expose students to the modern world of biotechnology, where they will learn how to “read” and manipulate the genetic code. Through specially designed laboratories and demonstrations, participants will be introduced to the scientific principles behind several cutting-edge technologies, including genetic profiling, molecular imaging, and DNA technology, all while obtaining hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. This course goes well beyond what can be learned in traditional teaching laboratories and highlights the exciting aspects of a career in biotechnology-related fields.