Personal Genetics Education Project

On the cutting edge of personal genetics – frontiers in cancer therapeutics and more

OnTheCuttingEdge-3707633630_14910566ba_bThis week, we have two stories from the front lines of research towards personalizing cancer treatments – a report of a non-invasive technique being developed to monitor the genetic make-up of tumors by isolating rare tumor cells from patients’ blood as well as a new study from the Cancer Genome Atlas uncovering mutations linked to tumor growth in a common form of lung cancer. Also, look for comments from our friend Mike Dougherty, Director of Education at the American Society of Human Genetics, in an article about whether a couple’s DNA says anything about their long-term compatibility. Finally, read about a study looking at the effects of a pregnant mouse’s diet on her grandchildren. To read more about this topic (a pgEd favorite, sometimes called by the fancy name “transgenerational epigenetic inheritance”), check out resources at the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center and cutting edge research from December reported by Virginia Hughes in National Geographic Phenomena.

Talk about chemistry! Dating site tests DNA to make matches
By Jolie Lee, USA Today
July 15, 2014

Cancer cells may guide treatment
Changes in patient monitored in lab
By Carolyn Johnson, Boston Globe
July 11, 2014

Mom’s environment during pregnancy can affect her grandchildren
by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science
July 10, 2014

Lung Cancer Genomic Mapping Yields New Targets in Study
By Robert Langreth, Bloomberg
July 9, 2014

Inclusion on our list does not imply any endorsement from pgEd. Also, there are many wonderful resources that we will not be able to cite, and we apologize in advance for works that we have not included.

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In the News

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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