As a team of scientists makes plans to develop genetically modified mosquitoes and release them in a remote village in Africa to tackle malaria, the researchers are grappling with how to meaningfully engage the local community, and to gain their trust and acceptance for moving the project forward. ... See MoreSee Less
Teachers, sign up for our professional development workshop "Genetics and Social Justice" this spring or summer! We will be holding 1, 2, and 3 day workshops in Boston and Brockton, MA between March and July. Learn more and register! Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
The Personal Genetics Education Project raises awareness and sparks conversation about the potential benefits as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of personal genetics. We strive to ...
As genome editing becomes more widespread, we are happy to see pgEd's work about education and engagement featured in the Wall Street Journal today. With CRISPR being used by hobbyists and teenagers, the need to think about the ethical and social implications continues to be urgent. Our latest lesson plan on the subject is online and free to all! ... See MoreSee Less
Today, the US National Academies released their report on human genome editing. The report recommends that research and use of somatic genome editing for the treatment of disease or disability should continue under existing regulatory framework, but there should be "broad public input" before expanding its use for "genetic enhancement." At the same time, the report recommends that clinical trials for germline genome editing (which is heritable by future generations) to treat "serious diseases or disabilities" should proceed only after much more research, and only when stringent technical and ethical criteria are satisfied. Going forward, the report emphasizes the need for continued public engagement and policy debate.
pgEd will continue to do our part in engaging different communities, bring in diverse voices to this conversation and provide accessible resources. Check out our recently released lesson plan on "Genome Editing and CRISPR" (pged.org/lesson-plans/#CRISPR). ... See MoreSee Less