Personal Genetics Education Project

Visiting Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Maine

pgEd always looks forward to teaching (using our newly updated and expanded lesson plans), and we are especially excited to have spent some time with some biology students at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, ME.

BHS2014Yes, we are participating in the “I Am Harvard Medicine” project – and I would not be surprised to see some of these students on campus in the coming years.  We talked about the latest news in personal genetics, highlighting some promising cases. We also covered some of the emerging issues in reproductive genetics and the unprecedented set of choices some young people may have as they consider starting families.  I was asked a number of questions, and promised a few articles for further reading for interested students.  Mrs. Dumont’s class – if I have forgotten to include something, leave a comment!

Nic Volker’s story in One in a Billion.

De-extinction and the woolly mammoth in The Mammoth Cometh.

The Path To Reading a Newborn’s DNA Map.

Scientist Svante Paabo talking about the connections between modern humans and neanderthals at a TED Talk.

Why do you have more of your mother’s DNA than your father’s? This video includes a shout out to transplacental inheritance (why your biological mother still has some of your fetal DNA in her body!)

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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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