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Navajo Nation reconsiders ban on genetic research

Nature News and Comment has a thoughtful piece about the Navajo Nation’s difficult history with genetic testing, and the current debate happening about whether or not to allow genetic testing of tribe members as a new cancer center opens in Arizona. Tribal members, leaders and researchers are working to draft a policy that recognizes and […]

Welcome CJ, Fabienne, Florcy and Mohammed!

pgEd has greatly increased our depth of knowledge and capacity with four wonderful additions to our team.  Florcy Romero will be creating and delivering new interdisciplinary curricula as part of our Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), and Fabienne Mondesir and CJ Jones are leading our efforts bring pgEd’s conversations to a wider audience including the […]

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 […]

Back to school mini-lesson for teachers – NFL and genetic tests at the ...

DNA tests at a National Football League game? In September of 2017, genetic testing and biobanking company Orig3n partnered with the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens to offer free genetic testing to 55,000 fans at a stadium. Ahead of the game, health officials intervened with a number of concerns, and the promotion was cancelled. Buzzfeed’s […]

Gene editing and frontiers in genetic technologies: Download our information ...

As part of our Congressional briefing, Gene editing and frontiers in genetic technologies: Innovations, impacts, and implications,” we created an overview of the emerging technologies our panelists – Diana Bianchi, George Church and Jennifer Doudna – will address in their remarks. Authored by pgEd’s Director of New Initiatives, Dr. Johnny Kung, this article presents the key scientific concepts […]

What is a gene drive?

A gene drive is a genetic engineering technique that efficiently “drives” an introduced DNA sequence to become inherited by all its offspring.  There is great interest in gene drives with the advent of CRISPR technologies, which simplify some of the technical aspects of this approach. However – the issues are far from simple when it comes to […]

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