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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DNA Evidence Sheds Light on Mystery of Egyptian Mummies

Written by Lauren Tomaselli, pgEd’s Director of Curriculum and Training DNA testing was used to verify that two ancient Egyptian mummies buried together were half-brothers. The pair, called the Two Brothers, was found in a tomb in 1907, and date from between 1985 B.C. and 1773 B.C.  The discovery that they shared a mother but […]

In the News: How alcohol may cause cancer

For many years, public health research has found a link between high levels of alcohol consumption and many types of cancer. A recent study done on mice sheds additional light on how drinking and cancer may be connected. In our body, alcohol is broken down by the combined action of several protein machines, or enzymes. […]

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