Personal Genetics Education Project

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 about in this piece, particularly along the lines of risk and complexity. “Discounts, guarantees, and […]

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 – have made some significant recent progress towards the clinic. Rather than directly “editing” a […]

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 Arizona. Tribal members, leaders and researchers are working to draft a policy that recognizes and […]

Welcome CJ, Fabienne, Florcy and Mohammed!

pgEd has greatly increased our depth of knowledge and capacity with four wonderful additions to our team.  Florcy Romero will be creating and delivering new interdisciplinary curricula as part of our Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), and Fabienne Mondesir and CJ Jones are leading our efforts bring pgEd’s conversations to a wider audience including the […]

2018 DNA Day essay contest from the American Society of Human Genetics

The American Society of Human Genetics has released its annual essay contest question for students in grades 9-12. This year’s question focuses on an ever-changing, but enduring, debate: Should people be able to get predictive genetic testing via online companies, or should testing only be offered under the supervision of a medical professional?  As always,  students […]

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 game, health officials intervened with a number of concerns, and the promotion was cancelled. Buzzfeed’s […]

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