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Engaging with science and society at pgEd

Recently, pgEd’s Johnny Kung guest-authored a post in the blog of Addgene, the non-profit repository for researchers to share genetic tools. Johnny wrote about pgEd’s work and why we think it is important to engage diverse communities about the past, present and future of genetics. He also wrote about how he made the transition from […]

Genetics, ancestry and health: Download our information brief

As part of our Congressional briefing, “The Common Thread: What genetics tells us about ancestry, health, and personal identity,” we have created an overview of the topics that will be addressed by our panelists. Authored by pgEd’s Director of New Initiatives, Dr. Johnny Kung, this document presents the key scientific concepts behind how ethnicity and ancestry […]

In the News: Comparing the effect of genetics vs. the environment on our trai...

Researchers and scholars have long debated the question of “nature vs. nurture” – whether our genetics or the environment (be it natural and social) has a greater influence on our traits. Much genetics research has shown that both genes and environment shape our traits. However, several recent studies suggest that, at least for the specific […]

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 […]

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