“Traveling with Children with Rare Disease, Showing Individual Care” – Natural Science Experience Camp Officially Opened
Twenty children aged 10 to 12 (including 10 children with rare diseases) participated in two Natural Science Experience camps hosted in CNGB and Safari Zoo Shenzhen. The program, entitled “Traveling with Children with Rare Disease, Showing Individual Care,” was hosted by CNGB, CORD, and Safari Zoo Shenzhen and co-sponsored by BGI and BGI Foundation.
CNGB as a camp was open to the public for the first time for this program. In the CNGB camp, the little members learned about changes in rare diseases and gene technology for patients with rare disease in lectures by industry experts. They also visited CNGB and learned about research results that BGI and CNGB have achieved, and conducted science experiments for hands-on exploration. And in the Safari Zoo Shenzhen camp, each of them carried a passport printed with a star animal and visited the zoo, staying close to the animals and experiencing the joys of nature.
Organizers hope that the natural science experience camp can help children with rare diseases to understand their disease and the correlation between life science and disease. The program also aims to teach communities to pay attention to rare diseases and treat those affected equally without discrimination. The camp is designed to give average citizens opportunities to experience cutting-edge life science and support efforts of local governments to popularize science.