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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 … Continue reading

New approaches and business models for IVF

Teachers using our Genetics and Reproduction lesson might find a recent Washington Post story of interest. It highlights the intersection of commerce, regulation and human reproduction, and uses several compelling family stories to do so. There is plenty to think … Continue reading

In the News: Progress for gene therapy

While the potential use of genome editing tools such as CRISPR to “fix” genetic diseases has been garnering a lot of attention and excitement, other forms of gene therapy – treating diseases by making genetic changes in a patient’s cells … Continue reading

Navajo Nation reconsiders ban on genetic research

Nature News and Comment has a thoughtful piece about the Navajo Nation’s difficult history with genetic testing, and the current debate happening about whether or not to allow genetic testing of tribe members as a new cancer center opens in … Continue reading

Back to school mini-lesson for teachers – NFL and genetic tests at the ...

DNA tests at a National Football League game? In September of 2017, genetic testing and biobanking company Orig3n partnered with the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens to offer free genetic testing to 55,000 fans at a stadium. Ahead of the … Continue reading

In the News: Scientists use CRISPR to edit disease-causing gene variant in hu...

In late July, news broke that an international team led by scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University had successfully used the genome editing tool CRISPR to modify a gene in human embryos. This was not the first example … Continue reading

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