Personal Genetics Education Project


Map-Ed at the frontiers – thank you, Antarctica!

Thanks to the pioneers in Antarctica, Map-Ed now has pins from all three U.S. stations in Antarctica – McMurdo, Palmer, and Amundsen-Scott at the South Pole (see map below). In particular, pgEd is grateful to Andrea Loehr and her colleagues who helped bring Map-Ed to these new frontiers. Do you want to add your pin […]

Ting visits Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Ting spent a most enjoyable May 2nd at Capital City Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.) with three of Ms. Schroeter’s Biology classes, Ms. Nordeen’s Biology class, and Mr. Hipkins’ History class. The conversations were great, covering topics ranging from preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to eugenics. Two classes also considered the implications of genetic information for […]

pgEd travels to the Netherlands

Ting is in the Netherlands for an exciting international conference on genetics education entitled “Genetics Education for the 21st Century” organized by the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the Utrecht University.  She is eager to meet with educators from the US, UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France and Israel to discuss how genetics […]

Debating direct-to-consumer genetics and medical ‘paternalism’

How much background is needed to make sense of genetic analysis? How to people react to such information? Do we need to think differently when talking about direct-to-consumer analysis versus the type of information one is likely to receive in the medical arena from a certified genetic counselor?  These questions come up whenever pgEd is […]

Genomics, Science and Fiction at the Broad Institute

On Jan 3rd, Lauren was an invited speaker at the Broad Institute on a panel addressing the ethical, sociocultural, and scientific questions raised by depictions of genomics in modern fiction.  Other panelists were Dr. George Church (Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Personal Genome Project), Dr. Jay Clayton (Professor of English […]

ASHG Annual DNA Day Essay Contest

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, the first sequencing of the human genome, and the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix. To celebrate these achievements, our colleagues at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) are focusing their 8th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest […]