BOCA RATON, Fla. – (April 1, 2008) – The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation (MFRF) is sponsoring a “Make Your Own DNA Necklace” program during the Spring Children’s Fair on Tuesday, April 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.
The free activity, co-sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories, celebrates Biosciences Month in Florida and has been piloted successfully in local public schools. Biotech and science students from Spanish River High School and the High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy are assisting with the project as part of the Foundation’s outreach alliance efforts.
Children who visit the MFRF booth at the fair will be able to collect their own DNA (from their saliva), add safe chemicals to a test tube, and then extract a string of their unique DNA to make a “cool” glass necklace. They will also participate in other fun educational activities to explain DNA and genetics.
Inspired by the strength of a little boy with the fatal Tay-Sachs disease, MFRF was founded in South Florida in 1998 to support education and research of children’s genetic diseases of the brain.
“We are pleased to bring this creative, scientific activity to the children of South Palm Beach County for the second year in a row to help them learn more about the importance of genetics,” said MFRF President Kevin Romer.
Additional annual sponsors supporting the MFRF Spring activity include Judy Levis Markhoff, Adolph and Rose Levis Foundation, Akerman Senterfitt, and West Boca Medical Center.
About The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation
The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation, established in 1998, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS code that supports education and research of children’s genetics diseases of the brain, and is the South Florida affiliate of National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, the oldest genetics organization in the country. The foundation, now celebrating its eighth anniversary, is committed to increasing access to quality genetic testing, facilitating research of genetic diseases and bringing diagnostic and treatment options to South Florida.