Personal Genetics Education Project

2018 DNA Day essay contest from the American Society of Human Genetics

The American Society of Human Genetics has released its annual essay contest question for students in grades 9-12. This year’s question focuses on an ever-changing, but enduring, debate: Should people be able to get predictive genetic testing via online companies, or should testing only be offered under the supervision of a medical professional?  As always,  students can win both a cash prize as well as genetics related materials for their school.

Teachers might consider using this contest as a way to engage students in some real-world debates as you start the school year, or as an opportunity to meet writing standards in the biology classroom.

DNA Day takes place on April 25th, marking a number of historical moments related to DNA discoveries – check out their official Twitter account for  updates and news from the world of genetics.

Read the full essay question from ASHG here.  The submission windows opens in January of 2018.

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