Personal Genetics Education Project

On the cutting edge of personal genetics – frontiers in cancer therapeutics and more

OnTheCuttingEdge-3707633630_14910566ba_bThis week, we have two stories from the front lines of research towards personalizing cancer treatments – a report of a non-invasive technique being developed to monitor the genetic make-up of tumors by isolating rare tumor cells from patients’ blood as well as a new study from the Cancer Genome Atlas uncovering mutations linked to tumor growth in a common form of lung cancer. Also, look for comments from our friend Mike Dougherty, Director of Education at the American Society of Human Genetics, in an article about whether a couple’s DNA says anything about their long-term compatibility. Finally, read about a study looking at the effects of a pregnant mouse’s diet on her grandchildren. To read more about this topic (a pgEd favorite, sometimes called by the fancy name “transgenerational epigenetic inheritance”), check out resources at the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center and cutting edge research from December reported by Virginia Hughes in National Geographic Phenomena.

Talk about chemistry! Dating site tests DNA to make matches
By Jolie Lee, USA Today
July 15, 2014

Cancer cells may guide treatment
Changes in patient monitored in lab
By Carolyn Johnson, Boston Globe
July 11, 2014

Mom’s environment during pregnancy can affect her grandchildren
by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science
July 10, 2014

Lung Cancer Genomic Mapping Yields New Targets in Study
By Robert Langreth, Bloomberg
July 9, 2014

Inclusion on our list does not imply any endorsement from pgEd. Also, there are many wonderful resources that we will not be able to cite, and we apologize in advance for works that we have not included.

Image credit: “Bootstrap DNA by Charles Jencks, 2003” by mira66 (CC BY 2.0)

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National Society of Genetic Counselors annual conference

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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 7 days 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 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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