GENETICS GETS PERSONAL
The ability to learn about our genes and how they work has undergone an enormous leap forward in the last 10 years. As genetic technologies become more widespread, how can our society ensure that education about and access to this information is available to all people? pgEd aims to get people talking about the potential benefits and implications of the fast-approaching world of personal genetics. Let's begin the conversation.
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As the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy unveils plans for the National Microbiome Initiative, pgEd is pleased to announce that we will be developing a series of new educational resources on the microbes – microscopic organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi – that surround us. They are in the air, in soil, the oceans; they hide in extreme locations such as the Arctic and give Yellowstone’s geysers their famous colors. We have millions of microbial cells in and on our bodies, and scientists … read more
pgEd is thrilled to embark on two new projects through grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. pgEd will be developing new curriculum on genetics and identity, including modules on gene editing, and launching a traveling professional development workshop to partner with teachers in urban and rural communities to increase awareness and conversation about personal genetics in high schools and the broader community. We’ll be partnering with Elizabeth McMillan (pgEd summer institute alum) and … read more
You might have caught the reference to something called “optogenetics” in a January episode of the hit CBS series Limitless. Next month, a clinical trial in Texas will test whether optogenetics can restore vision to individuals with the degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa. Whether this trial is successful will have implications far beyond the treatment of blindness. Optogenetics is a technique where light-sensitive proteins (e.g., from algae) are inserted into cells that are not normally light-sensitive, such as an animal’s neurons. The modified cells … read more