Personal Genetics Education Project

Congressional Briefings

pgEd is organizing an on-going series of Congressional briefings, hosted by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Bill Foster (and previously, by the late former Congresswoman Louise Slaughter), to engage policymakers on the rapidly-developing field of personal genetics and the priority of increasing awareness and conversation. Our first six briefings have filled the room for discussions of scientific advances in and ethical questions raised by precision medicine, gene editing, Ebola, microbial genomics, forensics, non-invasive prenatal testing, and DNA nanotechnology.

The Common Thread: What Genetics Tells Us About Ancestry, Health and Personal Identity
May 15, 2018

Enduring the Extremes: Space Travel, Genetics, and Astronaut Health
May 3, 2016

Gene Editing and Frontiers in Genetic Technologies:  Innovations, Impacts, & Implications
November 17, 2015

Personal Genetics and Law Enforcement: Improving Public Safety, Ensuring Justice, & Balancing Civil Rights
March 19, 2015

Advances in Personal Genetics and GINA: Expanding Options & Protecting Civil Rights
October 3, 2014

Personal Genetics: Scientific Advances & Accelerating Public Awareness
May 13, 2014

The mission of pgEd is to raise awareness of the benefits and implications of personal genetics and make that awareness equally accessible across all segments of society regardless of socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, religious, or cultural background. Its goal is to instill the confidence in individuals to ask questions, make informed decisions, and respect the opinions of others.

For further information, contact Marnie Gelbart at (617) 432-1797 or