Personal Genetics Education Project

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pgEd at the National Association of Biology Teachers Conference

Three members of the pgEd team had a great time on a recent trip to St. Louis, MO, to share our resources and talk with teachers from all over the country at the National Association of Biology Teachers annual conference. pgEd’s Director of Community Engagement, Fabienne Mondesir, presented our lesson about gene editing and CRISPR […]

Congratulations to our MapEd contest winners!

Congratulations to our two MapEd contest winners, Scott Stein of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia and Charles Wilson of Martinsburg South Middle School in Martinsburg, WV! Scott and Charles had students take our MapEd quizzes, as well as share them with as many people as possible. Students learned some new information about genetics, and […]

pgEd teacher in the news!

pgEd held an exciting and productive professional development workshop in July with teachers from all over the country. We are thrilled to share an article about attendee Connie Woytowich and her experience, as well as her plans to bring pgEd’s curriculum back to her students by creating a course entitled “Personal Genetics.” Over 25 teachers participated […]

Mapping Genetics Education: The Race is On!

pgEd has launched an exciting competition among scientists and staff in the Department of Genetics here at Harvard Medical School! Teams have signed up to help educate people in the US and around the globe about personal genetics. Participants are encouraging their friends and families to take our quizzes at Map-Ed.org, and whichever team collects […]

Alzheimer’s breakthrough called a “game changer”

Alzheimer’s researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have made an amazing breakthrough that is being hailed as “a giant step forward” and “a paradigm shifter.” Researchers Rudolf E. Tanzi and Doo Yeon Kim were able to grow human brain cells in a petri dish and give the cells a genetic mutation for Alzheimer’s Disease. The cells formed […]

Gene protects against dementia

Scientists have demonstrated that a protein called REST can protect the brain from the effects of dementia and may someday help treat Alzheimer’s patients. They found that, in mice, REST turns off genes that promote cell death and misfolded proteins. They also discovered that the drug lithium activates REST and could lead to potential treatments […]

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