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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    Professional Development

    Are you looking for high-quality, relevant, engaging lesson plans? Learn how to integrate materials about the scientific, ethical and social aspects of personal genetics into your classroom. We offer training courses relevant to multiple subjects, including biology, health, social studies, language arts, law, physical education and psychology, as well as workshops at state, regional, and national teacher conferences.
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    Genetics and space

    Not only has our Map-Ed game gone interplanetary, thanks to NASA team leader Adam Steltzner, but we find the intersection of genetics and space is an exciting topic for engaging students and adults alike. In a rousing session at our last GETed meeting, we debated how knowledge of personal genetics might help astronauts prepare for the extreme conditions involved in space travel.
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    Congressional briefing on GINA

    On October 3rd, 2014, pgEd is traveling to Washington, D.C. to hold its second Congressional briefing, focusing on advances in personal genetics, including a research highlight from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). We are so pleased for this briefing to be co-hosted by the offices of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and  Senator Elizabeth Warren. Click here for a summary from our first briefing in May.
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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!
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