Personal Genetics Education Project

2018 DNA Day essay contest from the American Society of Human Genetics

The American Society of Human Genetics has released its annual essay contest question for students in grades 9-12. This year’s question focuses on an ever-changing, but enduring, debate: Should people be able to get predictive genetic testing via online companies, or should testing only be offered under the supervision of a medical professional?  As always,  students […]

Back to school mini-lesson for teachers – NFL and genetic tests at the ...

DNA tests at a National Football League game? In September of 2017, genetic testing and biobanking company Orig3n partnered with the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens to offer free genetic testing to 55,000 fans at a stadium. Ahead of the game, health officials intervened with a number of concerns, and the promotion was cancelled. Buzzfeed’s […]

In the News: Scientists use CRISPR to edit disease-causing gene variant in hu...

In late July, news broke that an international team led by scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University had successfully used the genome editing tool CRISPR to modify a gene in human embryos. This was not the first example of CRISPR being applied to viable human embryos – in April this year a Chinese […]

Busy summer at pgEd with 4 PDs in 3 states

pgEd has had a busy June and July, connecting with over a hundred educators at four professional development workshops in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. For the first time, this year pgEd organized two runs of our annual Summer Institute. This included a 2-day workshop at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and a 3-day workshop hosted […]

pgEd director Ting Wu speaking at AtlanticLIVE

On Apr 26, Ting spoke at an AtlanticLIVE forum titled “Sequencing the Genome: Examining Modern Medicine” in New York City, hosted by The Atlantic magazine. Watch a video of her session here:

pgEd roadtrip in South Dakota to visit teachers, students and communities

On Apr 24-26, the pgEd team traveled from Boston to South Dakota to meet with teachers, students and communities to lay the groundwork for our 2018 summer professional development workshop in Sioux Falls. The trip, organized by our partners at the Sanford Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration (PROMISE), was a valuable opportunity […]

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Wed 21

Women and the Future of Education and Entrepreneurship: Maximizing Impact!

March 21, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cambridge MA
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Apr 30

Genomics and epi-Genetics: Impact on Developments in Medicine and Society

April 30, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Weston MA
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