Personal Genetics Education Project

In the News: Comparing the effect of genetics vs. the environment on our trai...

Researchers and scholars have long debated the question of “nature vs. nurture” – whether our genetics or the environment (be it natural and social) has a greater influence on our traits. Much genetics research has shown that both genes and environment shape our traits. However, several recent studies suggest that, at least for the specific […]

“Genetics has to be open to everyone” – Dr. Ting Wu in the ...

pgEd’s co-founder and Director Dr. Ting Wu discusses her efforts towards wide-ranging engagement on the potential benefits and risks of genetics in a recent interview in the Wall Street Journal.  As pgEd aims to have more conversations across diverse communities, we welcome collaboration. Drop us a line, and we are always keen to hear about […]

Brianna’s Law has matched more than 1,000 arrestee DNA samples to crime...

Brianna’s Law – passed in Nevada in 2013 in honor of a 19 year old Brianna Denison who was raped and murdered – requires collection and database entry of DNA from people arrested for a felony. According to reporting in the Reno Gazette Journal, “Although the data is still preliminary, Gresko said the collection of […]

DNA Evidence Sheds Light on Mystery of Egyptian Mummies

Written by Lauren Tomaselli, pgEd’s Director of Curriculum and Training DNA testing was used to verify that two ancient Egyptian mummies buried together were half-brothers. The pair, called the Two Brothers, was found in a tomb in 1907, and date from between 1985 B.C. and 1773 B.C.  The discovery that they shared a mother but […]

In the News: How alcohol may cause cancer

For many years, public health research has found a link between high levels of alcohol consumption and many types of cancer. A recent study done on mice sheds additional light on how drinking and cancer may be connected. In our body, alcohol is broken down by the combined action of several protein machines, or enzymes. […]

In the News: Developing personalized therapy using animal models

In a recent article in The Atlantic, journalist Ed Yong writes about efforts by researchers in Wisconsin to enlist the help of pigs in hopes of advancing personalized medicine. The scientists are planning to use genome editing to make “personalized piglets” for finding potential treatments for children with a hereditary condition called neurofibromatosis type 1 […]

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