Personal Genetics Education Project

Hot off the press: ‘Introduction to Personal Genetics’ – the 2019 edition

pgEd’s Introduction to Personal Genetics lesson plan offers an accessible, comprehensive and engaging approach to bring students into the urgently needed conversation about the benefits and implications of genetic technologies. This is a major revision of our previous lesson of the same name, and we are thrilled that this is getting into the hands of […]

Farewell to Johnny!

pgEd is starting a new tradition to highlight the members of our team and their contributions, as they move on to new adventures. Please join pgEd in saying a fond farewell to our dear colleague and friend, Dr. Johnny Kung, who has taken a position in Toronto to embark on the next phase of his […]

pgEd on the road – Summer 2019

pgEd is gearing up and getting ready for an exciting summer of professional development workshops across the country. These meetings will explore the content and activities within our lesson plans, with topics such as ‘genome editing and CRISPR’, ‘athletics and genetics’, ‘DNA, crime, and law enforcement’, and ‘the American eugenics movement’. As always, pgEd workshops […]

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 […]

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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