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Sex, gender and genetics: Download our information brief

As part of pgEd’s ARC (Building Awareness, Respect, and Confidence through Genetics) project, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health, pgEd has been developing new, interdisciplinary curricula on genetics and identity. One of the topics being tackled in these materials is sex and gender. We have now produced a […]

Recognizing Dr. Bill Jenkins and his work to end the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Last month, Dr. Bill Jenkins passed away at age 73. The New York Times has written about his life’s work to improve the safety and health of African Americans and others, and highlights his role in bringing to light the horrors of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. Teachers might want to share this obituary with students […]

pgEd Mini-Lesson on the CRISPR-edited twins

In November 2018, Chinese scientist Dr. Jiankui He reported that two children, whose genomes were edited using CRISPR technology during their embryonic stage, had been born. The news took many scientists and the rest of the world by surprise, and drew much controversy about whether Dr. He’s research was scientifically and ethically appropriate. All the […]

Scientist profile: Dr. Kwasi Agbleke on nurturing scientific research in West...

For this blogpost, guest writer Dr. Jumana AlHaj Abed, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of pgEd director Ting Wu, gives a profile of Dr. Andrews Akwasi “Kwasi” Agbleke. Kwasi is a scientist who is also working towards addressing the disparity in access to resources for science research and education, particularly in his home country […]

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 […]

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