Education on the Benefits & Implications of Personal Genetics

What can an analysis of your DNA reveal about you, your family history, and your health? What might easy access to information about your genes mean for you and for society as a whole?   The ability to learn about our genes and how they work has undergone an enormous leap forward in the last 10 years. 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.

Highlights from pgEd

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    2015 Summer Institute

    pgEd is hosting our annual Summer Institute for teachers on July 28-30 at Harvard Medical School. Learn how to integrate lesson plans about the scientific, ethical and social aspects of personal genetics into your classroom. Our materials are relevant to multiple subjects, including biology, health, social studies, language arts, law, physical education, and psychology. Join us!
    Learn more and register →
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    New Map-Ed quizzes

    pgEd's interactive online tool, Map-Ed, is taking on new topics, including civil rights protections against genetic discrimination, Ebola, Alzheimer's disease, and alcoholism. Thanks to our collaborators at Autodesk, each quiz now has its own map. (Click the eye icon on the lower left of the map to filter by quiz.) Join Rep. Louise Slaughter, author of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and be among the first to enter your pin on these new maps.
    Pin yourself →
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    Upcoming Congressional briefing

    pgEd is gearing up to hold its 4th Congressional briefing on November 17th, co-hosted by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Elizabeth Warren. This briefing will focus on cutting-edge technologies in genetics and the issues they highlight, including gene editing, DNA nanotechnology, non-invasive prenatal testing, and de-extinction. Our panel will include pioneering geneticists, Diana Bianchi, George Church, and Jennifer Doudna.
    Find out about our earlier briefings →
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    Join the conversation

    Check out our video series, "Personal conversations/personal genetics." Tune in to meet our friends and colleagues who shared their insights, experiences, and visions for the future. Then, join the conversation. Special thanks to all who shared their stories and to Marilyn Ness and Big Mouth Productions for bringing this project to life!
    Watch the videos →

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