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Spit for Science in the news! Click the links below to read recent press releases.

Spit for Science Set for Spring Semester Survey
http://www.commonwealthtimes.org/2012/03/05/spit-for-science-set-for-spring-semester-survey/

Spit for Science Returns
http://www.news.vcu.edu/news/Spit_for_Science_The_VCU_Student_Survey_Returns

Spit for Science: First Look! The results are in! Click here to read all about the success of Spit for Science, past held events and the return of Spit for Science in Spring 2012!

Spit for Science Up For Renewal - Richmond Magazine - February 2012

The end of blood samples? High-tech spittoons collect DNA from saliva.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/11/16/the-end-of-blood-samples/

Salivating Students - Richmond Magazine - October 2011

Listen to Dr. Kendler talk about Spit for Science on NPR:
http://ideastations.org/radio/archive/2011-08-23-spit-for-science-involves-vcu-freshmen

See the Richmond Times Dispatch article about Back to School:
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2011/aug/16/tdmet01-classes-are-just-around-the-corner-ar-1240854/

See Drs. Dick and Kendler talk about the project:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOCiBZxjkq0

...and read the associated VCU story:
http://www.news.vcu.edu/news/Spit_for_Science_The_VCU_Student_Survey

Spit for Science events/forums history.

Hot Topics in Genetics: Gene Patenting. Should companies be allowed to patent genes? What are the implications for science and medicine when a company patents a gene? Was held Dec. 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the West Grace Street Student Housing (701 W. Grace Street).

On November 29, at 4 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Forum room, Dr. Danielle Dick, one of the professors leading the Spit for Science project presented initial results from the fall data collection. This forum was open to all faculty, students and staff and all in attendance received a FREE Spit for Science T-shirt.

Hot Topics in Genetics: Genetics and Law. Read "Applications of Behavioural Genetics: Outpacing the Science?" (Rothstein, M. (2005). Nature Reviews, (6) 793-798.) Do you think genetic information should be used in the law? When is it OK to use genetic information? When is it not? Check out http://www.genomicslawreport.com/ for information about the groundbreaking case against Myriad genetics, which holds a patent for the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. this event was held in the multipurpose room at the West Grace Street Student Housing (701 W. Grace Street) at 7:00PM on Nov. 17, 2011.

Hot Topics in Genetics: Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing. Should companies be allowed to market genetic tests directly to the public? Should FDA regulate genetic testing? Check out http://www.23andme.com What do you think? Was held on Nov. 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the West Grace Street Student Housing (701 W. Grace Street).

Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey held a thank you party in the University Commons Ballroom on Wednesday November 2 from 12:00-3:00pm. Music, games and FREE Chipotle were provided to all students, staff and faculty who came wearing their Spit for Science t-shirt! The party was also open to all members of the VCU community.

Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey hosted a Movie Night on Oct. 27 from 7-10 p.m. in Hibbs 303 (900 Park Avenue) showing GATACA. Following the movie, Spit for Science Professor Danielle Dick held a discussion about how well Hollywood did on genetics and the future. Free popcorn and S4S t-shirts were provided with everyone welcome. This was the upperclassman's last chance to get a free t-shirt which gave admittance to the Nov. 2nd Spit for Science party. 

Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey presented “Genes, Drugs and Morality” featuring Kenneth Kendler, M.D. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Open to all faculty, students and staff and all in attendance received a free Spit for Science T-shirt.

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