Personal Genetics Education Project

In the news: DNA and the criminal justice system

In the days leading up to (and since!) pgEd’s Congressional briefing on personal genetics and law enforcement, a number of news stories related to the use and collection of DNA in the criminal justice system have caught our attention. A few highlights:

Could Detectives Use Microbes to Solve Murders?” by Rob Stein, NPR (September 23, 2013)

Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval for Government to Take Anybody’s DNA,” by David Kravits, Ars Technica (March 2, 2015)

Two exonerations thanks to DNA:

Article on Angel Gonzales – “Man cleared in ’94 rape walks out of prison as 2nd case dropped,” by Dan Hinkel and Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune (March 11, 2015)

Article on Christopher Abernathy – “Man free after 30 years says ‘It’s just scary to be out,” by Dan Hinkel, Matthew Walberg and Patrick M. O’Connell, Chicago Tribune (February 11, 2015)

Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA,” by Andrew Pollack, New York Times (February 23, 2015)

For coverage of pgEd’s briefing, check out “Personal Genetics and the Law,” by Elizabeth Cooney, HMS News (March 20, 2015)

Looking for more in-depth reading? Check out our complete lesson plan, “DNA, Crime and Law Enforcement.”

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Personal Genetics Education Project - pgEd.org Personal Genetics Education Project - pgEd.org shared National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Becoming a Scientist with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins.
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An event that our teacher friends may find useful: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, Dec 10th from 3:15-45 pm ET, where he will take questions from middle school students from across the US. You are invited to livestream this event to your classroom and submit your students' questions in the event feed's comments section!

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
How can you start a career in STEM? Join NIH Director & geneticist Dr. Francis Collins on December 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation featuring Johnson Creek Middle School on becoming a scientist. Dr. Collins will be taking questions from middle school students from across the U.S.!
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