Personal Genetics Education Project

Sex, gender and genetics: Download our information brief

As part of pgEd’s ARC (Building Awareness, Respect, and Confidence through Genetics) project, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health, pgEd has been developing new, interdisciplinary curricula on genetics and identity. One of the topics being tackled in these materials is sex and gender. We have now produced a […]

Recognizing Dr. Bill Jenkins and his work to end the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Last month, Dr. Bill Jenkins passed away at age 73. The New York Times has written about his life’s work to improve the safety and health of African Americans and others, and highlights his role in bringing to light the horrors of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. Teachers might want to share this obituary with students […]

pgEd Mini-Lesson on the CRISPR-edited twins

In November 2018, Chinese scientist Dr. Jiankui He reported that two children, whose genomes were edited using CRISPR technology during their embryonic stage, had been born. The news took many scientists and the rest of the world by surprise, and drew much controversy about whether Dr. He’s research was scientifically and ethically appropriate. All the […]

Scientist profile: Dr. Kwasi Agbleke on nurturing scientific research in West...

For this blogpost, guest writer Dr. Jumana AlHaj Abed, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of pgEd director Ting Wu, gives a profile of Dr. Andrews Akwasi “Kwasi” Agbleke. Kwasi is a scientist who is also working towards addressing the disparity in access to resources for science research and education, particularly in his home country […]

pgEd presents at the National Association of Biology Teachers

This year pgEd had the pleasure of attending the annual National Association for Biology Teachers (NABT) conference in San Diego, California. Three of our team members presented a lesson on genetic technologies with a focus on the ethical, social and legal implications of the new CRISPR technology. The room was packed with teachers from across […]

Engaging with science and society at pgEd

Recently, pgEd’s Johnny Kung guest-authored a post in the blog of Addgene, the non-profit repository for researchers to share genetic tools. Johnny wrote about pgEd’s work and why we think it is important to engage diverse communities about the past, present and future of genetics. He also wrote about how he made the transition from […]

Upcoming Events

Apr 09

pgEd at O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Sciences

April 9, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Boston MA
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Apr 26

pgEd at Charlestown High School

April 26, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Charlestown MA
United States
May 14

pgEd at the LEAH Project

May 14, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Boston MA
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In the News

An event that our teacher friends may find useful: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, Dec 10th from 3:15-45 pm ET, where he will take questions from middle school students from across the US. You are invited to livestream this event to your classroom and submit your students' questions in the event feed's comments section!

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
How can you start a career in STEM? Join NIH Director & geneticist Dr. Francis Collins on December 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation featuring Johnson Creek Middle School on becoming a scientist. Dr. Collins will be taking questions from middle school students from across the U.S.!
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