Personal Genetics Education Project


“Genetics has to be open to everyone” – Dr. Ting Wu in the ...

pgEd’s co-founder and Director Dr. Ting Wu discusses her efforts towards wide-ranging engagement on the potential benefits and risks of genetics in a recent interview in the Wall Street Journal.  As pgEd aims to have more conversations across diverse communities, we welcome collaboration. Drop us a line, and we are always keen to hear about […]

Brianna’s Law has matched more than 1,000 arrestee DNA samples to crime...

Brianna’s Law – passed in Nevada in 2013 in honor of a 19 year old Brianna Denison who was raped and murdered – requires collection and database entry of DNA from people arrested for a felony. According to reporting in the Reno Gazette Journal, “Although the data is still preliminary, Gresko said the collection of […]

Gene drive conversations in New Zealand

Written by Florcy Romero, pgEd’s Curriculum and Professional Development Associate New Zealand is a potential location for the use of new genetic technologies related to environmental concerns. Many species in New Zealand have been threatened by the introduction, related to human activity, of non-native rats and other predators into the islands. Concerns that a quarter of […]

What are your favorite books?

pgEd is getting ready to update our “Book Corner” in early 2018,  and we are always looking for suggestions of your favorite reads, things that have been useful in your classroom, and books you recommend to friends, family or students who love genetics, ethics, history and social issues. Let us know what you’d like to […]

Sickle cell disease and genetic engineering: Mini-Lesson from pgEd

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a common genetic condition affecting people around the globe, primarily those with West or Central African ancestry (including many African-Americans and Latinos), as well as people of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Mediterranean descent. Many students of biology learn about SCD, and many students know of it from personal and […]

pgEd working with Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Written by Florcy Romero, pgEd’s Curriculum and Professional Development Associate As a part of our new initiative to expand awareness of genetics in various communities, pgEd teamed up with the incredible youth at Youth Enrichment Services (YES) to offer a workshop and get the conversation started. Located on Mass Ave in Boston, this organization focuses on […]


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