Personal Genetics Education Project

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 […]

Golden State Killer and DNA databases: Dr. Johnny Kung’s interview

With the arrest of a suspect in the case of the notorious Golden State Killer, aided in part by the use of a genealogy website called GEDMatch, questions of privacy and consent around DNA are front page news. While details of the investigation have not been completely released, the basic outline is likely to be […]

Genome Magazine features pgEd in the Spring 2018 issue

The new issue of Genome Magazine is out, and pgEd is thrilled to be featured alongside some of our collaborators and former students. “What we talk about when we talk about personal genetics“, Genome Magazine by Maureen Salamon. “The project [tries to] present that there’s a blending of genetics and environmental factors responsible for most anything […]

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 […]

“Genetics has to be open to everyone” – Dr. Ting Wu in the ...

pgEd’s co-founder and Director Dr. Ting Wu discusses her efforts towards wide-ranging engagement on the potential benefits and risks of genetics in a recent interview in the Wall Street Journal.  As pgEd aims to have more conversations across diverse communities, we welcome collaboration. Drop us a line, and we are always keen to hear about […]

Brianna’s Law has matched more than 1,000 arrestee DNA samples to crime...

Brianna’s Law – passed in Nevada in 2013 in honor of a 19 year old Brianna Denison who was raped and murdered – requires collection and database entry of DNA from people arrested for a felony. According to reporting in the Reno Gazette Journal, “Although the data is still preliminary, Gresko said the collection of […]

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