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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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Happy National DNA Day, which commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. There’s a reason I have a double helix sculpture...

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Celebrate National DNA Day by learning about an important piece of legislation called GINA!

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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

pgEd is thrilled to launch our new website! We have updated many of our lesson plans to reflect the latest developments and advances in the field. Our upcoming events offer you an opportunity to see what we’re up to, and possibly join us for a professional development workshop, Congressional briefing, or other event. Check out our book corner, Map-Ed and resource center to learn more about personal genetics.

A few months ago we blogged about the publication of the first genome sequence from an ancient African, in which the authors concluded that an ancient “back migration” of humans from the Middle East into Africa had left traces of Eurasian DNA in the genomes of Africans throughout the continent today. As it turns out, the researchers made some mistakes when using certain computer software to analyze the genome data. After the study’s publication, another group of scientists reanalyzed the original data, which the … read more