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Dana-DNA pgEd raises awareness and sparks conversations about the potential benefits as well as the social implications of personal genetics. We strive to be inclusive of all voices, regardless of socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, religious, or cultural background. Our strategies include:
  • Educating through schools, libraries, and museums
  • Holding briefings for policymakers on Capitol Hill
  • Advising producers and writers of TV and film
  • Convening leaders of industry, science, and health
  • Working with communities of faith
  • Creating online social media platforms
  • Tapping into the fascination with space travel
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    Thanks to all the AMAZING educators who participated in our Summer Institute last week and made it such a success! Let's all carry the energy forward and start more conversations about genetics and social justice!
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    Posted by pgEd 1 month ago

    Thanks to all the AMAZING educators who participated in our Summer Institute last week and made it such a success! Lets all carry the energy forward and start more conversations about genetics and social justice!

    pgEd is very excited for our Summer Institute workshop "Genetics and Social Justice," tomorrow July 19th - Thursday July 21st, here in Boston. We will welcome our biggest group of educators to date, and are looking forward to engaging discussion, sharing resources, and great activities! ... See MoreSee Less

    Posted by pgEd 1 month ago

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    This week, the Recombinant DNA Research Advisory Committee, an advisory body to the US National Institutes of Health, gave its go-ahead to the first clinical trial of the gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 in humans. While the trial must still be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and other ethics review bodies, it represents another major milestone in the rapid progress of gene editing technologies towards clinical application. The proposed therapy uses CRISPR to edit immune cells taken from cancer … read more

      A number of developments in the past few weeks brought to the forefront various issues related to the ethical and social implications of novel genetic technologies, public engagement in science, and democratic deliberation about controversial research. On June 2nd, a group of scientists and entrepreneurs published a proposal to synthesize an entire human genome from scratch. This project, dubbed “Human Genome Project – Write (HGP-Write)” (in reference to the original HGP, completed in 2004, that obtained the sequence of the … read more

    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

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