The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor has received a $1.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health for a program it created that provides New England educators with tools to teach their students about the human genome.

The award will provide five years of funding for Teaching the Genome Generation, a professional development program designed to enhance genetics instruction in high school classrooms, Jackson Laboratory said in a news release.

The program provides hands-on training for high school science teachers, helping them to bring greater understanding of the basics of genomics to their students, it said.

Jackson Laboratory will provide lab equipment, reagents and supplies to enable teachers and their students to conduct genetics experiments, collect and analyze real data and discuss the ethical complexities of personal access to genetic information.

To date, the pilot program has trained 47 teachers and 1,200 students in all of the New England states, it said. With the new grant, Teaching the Genome Generation is expected to reach as many as 3,000 students each year from 2016 to 2021.

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