This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will explore issues of social justice and the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics. pgEd creates interactive lessons that engage students in disc...
This summer, pgEd will be holding a three-day professional development workshop at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA, on June 27-29. Spots are still open, click below to learn more and sign up! ... See MoreSee Less
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the genetic testing company 23andMe to market, directly to consumer, tests that provide information about genetic predisposition to 10 conditions, including Parkinson's and late-onset Alzheimer's. The agency also set out a streamlined mechanism for this and other companies to get similar genetic tests approved in the future. However, the FDA cautions that such information about genetic risk does not indicate whether an individual will actually develop the condition, because the overall risk is also affected by a variety of lifestyle and environmental factors. The agency is also not currently approving the marketing of "diagnostic" tests, such as those for genetic variants in BRCA1 and 2, that "are often used as the sole basis for major treatment decisions". ... See MoreSee Less
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