Keystone College Obtains Funding for Gene Sequencer

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Posted: 04/24/2009

La Plume - Keystone College has received over $100,000 in corporate and state funding for the purchase of a state-of-the art gene sequencer. The college received a $41,000 contribution from Li-Cor Biosciences, the Lincoln, Neb. based company that manufactures the product, to help purchase the gene sequencer. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry then added a $68,500 grant to complete the purchase.

A gene sequencer helps break down and analyze DNA samples to determine genetic patterns. It is particularly useful in research to find possible cures for a variety of diseases, including cancer. Keystone is the first in Northeast Pennsylvania to obtain this important piece of bio-tech equipment.

The sequencer will be used by Keystone students for classroom and research purposes. Experience in using the sequencer will be a valuable tool for students applying for positions in the bio-medical field upon graduation or for students pursuing post-graduate education. The gene sequencer will be delivered to Keystone later this spring.

"We are extremely grateful to the Department of Labor and Industry and to Li-Cor Biosciences for their generosity in providing funding for this important piece of bio-medical equipment," said Keystone biology professor Vicki Stanavitch. "Our students and faculty members will benefit greatly for many years to come."