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 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 mgelbart@pgEd.med.harvard.edu.