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What are your favorite books?

pgEd is getting ready to update our “Book Corner” in early 2018,  and we are always looking for suggestions of your favorite reads, things that have been useful in your classroom, and books you recommend to friends, family or students who love genetics, ethics, history and social issues. Let us know what you’d like to […]

Sickle cell disease and genetic engineering: Mini-Lesson from pgEd

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a common genetic condition affecting people around the globe, primarily those with West or Central African ancestry (including many African-Americans and Latinos), as well as people of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Mediterranean descent. Many students of biology learn about SCD, and many students know of it from personal and […]

pgEd working with Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Written by Florcy Romero, pgEd’s Curriculum and Professional Development Associate As a part of our new initiative to expand awareness of genetics in various communities, pgEd teamed up with the incredible youth at Youth Enrichment Services (YES) to offer a workshop and get the conversation started. Located on Mass Ave in Boston, this organization focuses on […]

Movement of People in Boston

Written by Fabienne Mondesir, pgEd’s Director of Community Engagement On October 18th, pgEd in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools (BPS), the Education Collaborative, made up of the National Park Service (NPS) and it affiliates, took part in a place-based learning professional development seminar called Movement of People in Boston. This day-long seminar took participants […]

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 […]

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 […]

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