Personal Genetics Education Project


Prof. Jennifer Doudna makes generous gift to pgEd

First of all, we would like to congratulate pgEd’s colleague Prof. Jennifer Doudna, a scientific leader and a pioneer in the development of CRISPR as a tool for gene editing, as one of the recipients of the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award! Believing strongly in the importance of pgEd’s work to engage all communities about the social and ethical dimensions of genetics, and to […]

pgEd Professional Development Workshop: Genetics and Social Justice

This past July, pgEd held its fifth annual Summer Institute for teachers. With more than 50 educators in attendance, this was our largest professional development workshop ever. We were particularly thrilled with the large contingents of teachers who came from Boston and Hartford public schools. The topic of this year’s institute was “Genetics and Social Justice“, and […]

STAT News features pgEd’s work with faith communities

The health and medical news website STAT recently interviewed pgEd director Ting Wu and wrote about our new efforts in working together with faith communities. Our goal is to expand the dialogue around personal genetics, emphasizing the importance of two-way conversations between faith leaders and scientists, and the role that faith institutions, as places of trust, can play in raising awareness and starting conversations […]

In the News: First report of baby born with mitochondrial replacement

As researchers, ethicists, policymakers and the broader public continue to debate whether gene editing should be used to modify human embryos, another procedure that would result in genetic changes being passed on to future generations (a situation called “germline genetic modification”) seems to have moved forward. It was reported this week that the first baby […]

In the News: Clinical use of CRISPR takes a step forward

This week, the Recombinant DNA Research Advisory Committee, an advisory body to the US National Institutes of Health, gave its go-ahead to the first clinical trial of the gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 in humans. While the trial must still be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and other ethics review bodies, it represents another […]

In the News: Synthetic Genomes, Gene Drives, and Human-Pig Chimeras

  A number of developments in the past few weeks brought to the forefront various issues related to the ethical and social implications of novel genetic technologies, public engagement in science, and democratic deliberation about controversial research. On June 2nd, a group of scientists and entrepreneurs published a proposal to synthesize an entire human genome from […]


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