Personal Genetics Education Project

On the cutting edge of personal genetics – a genetic variant that helps some people endure high altitudes and more

OnTheCuttingEdge-3707633630_14910566ba_bSummer is heating up, but the world of personal genetics is not slowing down. Highlights from this week include a study updating the estimates of the number of genes in the human genome, a list of five ways that your genes (in combination with your environment!) can impact your susceptibility to tooth decay, and a story about the origins of a genetic variant found in Tibetan populations that helps people endure the conditions at high altitudes.

Size Of Human Genome Reduced To 19,000 Genes
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO), redOrbit
July 4, 2014

Bad teeth? Blame your genes
Scientists have identified five areas where genes play a role in tooth decay
By Paul Frysh, CNN
July 3, 2014

Tibetan altitude gene came from extinct human species
By Catherine Brahic, New Scientist
July 2, 2014

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Personal Genetics Education Project - Personal Genetics Education Project - 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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