Personal Genetics Education Project

Prof. Jennifer Doudna makes generous gift to pgEd

First of all, we would like to congratulate pgEd’s colleague Prof. Jennifer Doudna, a scientific leader and a pioneer in the development of CRISPR as a tool for gene editing, as one of the recipients of the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award!

Believing strongly in the importance of pgEd’s work to engage all communities about the social and ethical dimensions of genetics, and to ensure that diverse values and voices are heard in these conversations, Prof. Doudna is donating her $100,000 Gairdner Award to pgEd to expand our efforts. We are deeply grateful to Prof. Doudna for her generosity.

For the past 10 years, pgEd has been working to raise broad awareness and spark conversations about genetics by creating educational materials, providing professional development for teachers, working with writers and producers of film and TV, convening leaders of industry and community, and engaging with policymakers through a series of Congressional briefings in Washington, DC (Prof. Doudna was one of the speakers at our 4th briefing in November 2015). A new lesson plan on gene editing and CRISPR will be launched very soon.

We will be using Prof. Doudna’s gift to further our work in ensuring that all individuals, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented communities, can take part in the conversations about the benefits and implications of new developments in genetic technologies, such as gene editing. In particular, we will bolster our efforts in working together with faith communities. Seen as places of trust by the communities that they serve, faith institutions can play a unique and important role in engaging people on the very personal questions raised by genetics. pgEd has been working with a number of faith leaders and organizations to start two-way conversations, build trust and establish new partnerships. With this gift, we will broaden and deepen these connections.

Once again, pgEd is truly thankful to Prof. Doudna for her generous donation.

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(photo credit: Gairdner Foundation / Della Rollins)

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(photo credit: Gairdner Foundation / Della Rollins)

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As we finish up another week of Teaching the Genome Generation at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor Maine, teachers are excited to receive a copy of David Epstein's "The Sports Gene". pgEd loves leading the social and ethical dimension of this annual professional development course. Looking for some summer reading? Check out pged.org/book-corner/ ... See MoreSee Less

Posted by pgEd 2 weeks ago

As we finish up another week of Teaching the Genome Generation at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor Maine, teachers are excited to receive a copy of David Epsteins The Sports Gene. pgEd loves leading the social and ethical dimension of this annual professional development course.  Looking for some summer reading? Check out http://pged.org/book-corner/

What a wonderful three days at our Summer Institute! Thanks to our friends at Brockton High School for hosting us, and to all the teachers who came and shared their energy, passion and ideas. There will be lots for pgEd to get inspirations from as we develop our new unit of lessons on genetics and identity.
See everyone at our next workshop in Boston in less than two weeks!
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Posted by pgEd 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful three days at our Summer Institute! Thanks to our friends at Brockton High School for hosting us, and to all the teachers who came and shared their energy, passion and ideas. There will be lots for pgEd to get inspirations from as we develop our new unit of lessons on genetics and identity.
See everyone at our next workshop in Boston in less than two weeks!

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