Personal Genetics Education Project

New Lesson Plan: Genome Editing and CRISPR

pgEd is thrilled to launch our newest lesson plan, “Genome Editing and CRISPR.” In the past few years, rapid development in a series of genetic technologies, most notably CRISPR, has made it easier than ever before to make targeted changes to genomes. The potential application of these technologies for treating diseases, such as sickle cell anemia and Huntington’s disease, at the DNA level has generated much excitement among researchers and patients. At the same time, technologies such as CRISPR are also raising a number of profound ethical questions related to disability rights, health equity, human enhancement, and our right to make genetic changes that will be inherited by our offspring. As society seeks to balance the benefits and implications of genome editing, there will need to be broad conversations that engage all communities and where diverse values and voices are heard. This lesson presents students with a number of ethical and policy conundrums, giving them the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills by coming up with a list of questions to gather information needed for informed decision-making, and the experts and stakeholders to whom the questions should be asked. Check it out!

This lesson plan is developed with support by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health, as part of pgEd’s ARC (Building Awareness, Respect, and Confidence through Genetics) project.

Upcoming Events

Nov 09

National Association of Biology Teachers annual conference

November 9 - November 12
Saint Louis MO
United States
Jan 25

CRISPR Workshop III: Public outreach, education, and engagement

January 25, 2018 - January 27, 2018
Berkeley CA
United States

In the News

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

Posted by pgEd 2 months ago

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 months 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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