Personal Genetics Education Project

Teachers asked, we said yes! CGU – Current Genetics Updates

At the National Science Teacher Association meeting, a number of teachers expressed a difficulty they have in including the latest issues in personal genetics into their classrooms – time!  As we all well know, teachers are being asked to do more and more in terms of fitting things into the curriculum and preparing students for exams of all shapes and sizes.

We heard that teachers are seeking a resource to keep up with the most relevant news in genetics, with an eye to integrating it into their middle school, high school or college classroom.  So here we go!

Current Genetics Update – CGU for short.  Bonus points for everyone who appreciates CGU as a codon for the animo acid Alanine.

What is it? A weekly update, published on Mondays, that looks to the past week for an important development in the field of genetics.  This might be from the world of, or an intersection between, politics, law, ethics, research and clinical medicine.  Will we be sure to approach our topics with a keen awareness that teachers need to make every minute in class count and are often prepping for multiple classes on any give day!

This Monday? A short overview about the Supreme Court case looking at Myriad Genetics and patenting genes related to breast cancer risk.

 

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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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