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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 […]

“No Longer Rocket Science: Helping Consumers Understand Genetic Info...

pgEd’s Director and Founder, Dr. Ting Wu, shares her thoughts about her motivation for founding pgEd, her reasons for committing her intellectual and financial resources to the project, and her vision of where genetics education is headed in an interview with Meredith Salisbury in Techonomy. pgEd continues to be grateful for the leadership of the Genetics […]

Welcoming our new Teacher Advisory Council

pgEd is thrilled to be working with our newly formed Teacher Advisory Council as we expand our interdisciplinary efforts, reach an ever-growing number of educators across the world, and continue to develop classroom-ready, high quality curricula.  Teachers have always been at the heart of our work, so we are delighted to have the expertise and […]

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