Personal Genetics Education Project

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 […]

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 […]

Sickle cell disease and genetic engineering: Mini-Lesson from pgEd

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a common genetic condition affecting people around the globe, primarily those with West or Central African ancestry (including many African-Americans and Latinos), as well as people of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Mediterranean descent. Many students of biology learn about SCD, and many students know of it from personal and […]

pgEd awarded grant from DuPont to support new community-centered initiative

pgEd is grateful to DuPont for their contribution of $25,000 to support pgEd’s launch of an outpost in Fields Corner (the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston) in September. This new community-centered initiative is being headed up by Fabienne Mondesir (Director of Community Engagement), a veteran teacher from the Boston Public Schools who first came to pgEd […]

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