Personal Genetics Education Project

Current Genetics Update – CGU

Hello teachers,

As promised at the GETed conference, we are starting a new feature at pgEd to help teachers and others keep up with the torrent of news related to genetics and society. In the past few weeks, the subject of gene patenting has been in the news, as the Supreme Court is hearing arguments about the patents held by Myriad Genetics and deciding if they are legal or not. We have a few articles and links below that provide some history (especially in the 60 minutes clip from 2010) and context for what the issues are before the Supreme Court.

Patenting Genes” on 60 Minutes – 13 minute clip that argues both sides of the issue.

Nova’s “Are Gene Patents Standing in the Way of Personalized Medicine?” looks at the current case facing the Supreme Court, as well as provides some background on how it got to this point.

The New York Times documents the effort of a researcher trying to re-create what many believe is Myriad’s most valuable resource – the data about their customers and their genetics status. “DNA Project Aims to Make Public Company’s Data on Cancer Genes“.

How does pgEd keep on this particular subject? Check out Genomics Law Report for wide-ranging discussions about many issues around science and the law. We also like the SCOTUS blog; they do non-technical write ups that we find very helpful!

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As we finish up another week of Teaching the Genome Generation at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor Maine, teachers are excited to receive a copy of David Epstein's "The Sports Gene". pgEd loves leading the social and ethical dimension of this annual professional development course. Looking for some summer reading? Check out pged.org/book-corner/ ... See MoreSee Less

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As we finish up another week of Teaching the Genome Generation at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor Maine, teachers are excited to receive a copy of David Epsteins The Sports Gene. pgEd loves leading the social and ethical dimension of this annual professional development course.  Looking for some summer reading? Check out http://pged.org/book-corner/

What a wonderful three days at our Summer Institute! Thanks to our friends at Brockton High School for hosting us, and to all the teachers who came and shared their energy, passion and ideas. There will be lots for pgEd to get inspirations from as we develop our new unit of lessons on genetics and identity.
See everyone at our next workshop in Boston in less than two weeks!
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Posted by pgEd 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful three days at our Summer Institute! Thanks to our friends at Brockton High School for hosting us, and to all the teachers who came and shared their energy, passion and ideas. There will be lots for pgEd to get inspirations from as we develop our new unit of lessons on genetics and identity.
See everyone at our next workshop in Boston in less than two weeks!

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