Big Turnout At Biotech Symposium

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Students from across the state came to Harrisonburg Friday for an event dealing with biotechnology.

The Shenandoah Valley Biotechnology Symposium, happening at Eastern Mennonite High School, recorded its highest number of attendees in its 21-year history as almost 500 students attended.

Biotechnology uses things like DNA and molecules as tools to make advancements in fields like food production and medicine.

James Madison University in the top 35 schools for students studying the subject according to StateUniversity.com and both Virginia Tech and Bridgewater College have growing programs in the field.

The students heard from experts in the field and took part in labs.

Myron Blosser, who helped organize it, said having biotech grow in popularity could end up impacting us all.

"By attracting good, high quality students to study molecular biology and then to go into a biotech related field, we're reaping the benefits of that. Through new technologies, new medicines, improved health care and easier access to products," said Blosser.

Students from Harrisonburg High School, as well as students from Turner Ashby, Broadway and Albemarle County High Schools attended the symposium which will end at about 3 p.m.


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