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DNA Evidence Sheds Light on Mystery of Egyptian Mummies

Written by Lauren Tomaselli, pgEd’s Director of Curriculum and Training DNA testing was used to verify that two ancient Egyptian mummies buried together were half-brothers. The pair, called the Two Brothers, was found in a tomb in 1907, and date from between 1985 B.C. and 1773 B.C.  The discovery that they shared a mother but […]

In the News: How alcohol may cause cancer

For many years, public health research has found a link between high levels of alcohol consumption and many types of cancer. A recent study done on mice sheds additional light on how drinking and cancer may be connected. In our body, alcohol is broken down by the combined action of several protein machines, or enzymes. […]

In the News: Developing personalized therapy using animal models

In a recent article in The Atlantic, journalist Ed Yong writes about efforts by researchers in Wisconsin to enlist the help of pigs in hopes of advancing personalized medicine. The scientists are planning to use genome editing to make “personalized piglets” for finding potential treatments for children with a hereditary condition called neurofibromatosis type 1 […]

In the News: Progress for gene therapy

While the potential use of genome editing tools such as CRISPR to “fix” genetic diseases has been garnering a lot of attention and excitement, other forms of gene therapy – treating diseases by making genetic changes in a patient’s cells – have made some significant recent progress towards the clinic. Rather than directly “editing” a […]

In the News: Scientists use CRISPR to edit disease-causing gene variant in hu...

In late July, news broke that an international team led by scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University had successfully used the genome editing tool CRISPR to modify a gene in human embryos. This was not the first example of CRISPR being applied to viable human embryos – in April this year a Chinese […]

Busy summer at pgEd with 4 PDs in 3 states

pgEd has had a busy June and July, connecting with over a hundred educators at four professional development workshops in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. For the first time, this year pgEd organized two runs of our annual Summer Institute. This included a 2-day workshop at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and a 3-day workshop hosted […]

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