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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

What Your Genes Can Tell You and Why It Matters

Week 2: July 15-21, 2018

There is still space available in this program.
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With the increased use of DNA technology in medicine and with easy access to genetic testing for individuals exploring their family ancestry, the science of personal genomics is exploding. Led by Chip Aquadro, the Charles A. Alexander Professor of Biological Sciences and teacher of an extremely popular undergraduate genetics course, this program will illuminate the core concepts and methods of population genomics, ancestry inference, and genetic medicine, as well as the ethical, legal, and social challenges they raise.

This class is back by popular demand. By week's end, you'll understand how genetic testing will affect your future—your health care, quality of life, and choices regarding reproduction—and you'll be a better-informed participant in your own decisions and those of society.

Charles Aquadro

Charles "Chip" Aquadro is a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and director of the Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics. He holds a PhD from the University... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.