Personal Genetics Education Project

Interfacing with producers and writers in the entertainment industry

pgEd is working with writers and producers of the television and movie industry through Hollywood, Health & Society at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the Science & Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences, and Shaftesbury Productions of Canada.

Here are examples of pgEd’s work to bring accurate and engaging information about genetics to a broader audience:


Hollywood, Health & Society – Consultations
pgEd has consulted on television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, Perception, Blink, Starcrossed, The Following, Lucky 7, The Wolf Man, Make Your Mark, The 100, Switched at Birth, and How to Get Away with Murder.

Our work on Grey’s Anatomy is highlighted in the following:
The Science Behind Grey’s Anatomy,” by Melissa Malamut, October 2013, Boston Magazine.
Science on Set,” by Rachel Bernstein, August 2013, Cell.

The Science & Entertainment Exchange – Science Speed Dating
pgEd director, Ting Wu, has interfaced with entertainment directors, producers, and writers at two events that put a spin on speed dating.
New York event recap
Los Angeles event recap

pgEd dedicated a session at GETed 2013 to the topic of entertainment. This session, moderated by Paul Szauter from the University of New Mexico, featured:

  • Ann Merchant, Deputy Executive Director for Communications, The National Academies, The Science & Entertainment Exchange
  • Tom Chehak, Executive Producer, ReGenesis
  • Jay Clayton, Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, Vanderbilt University

pgEd also brought the theme of entertainment to the 2013 GET Conference through a presentation by Sandra de Castro Buffington, then Director of Hollywood, Health & Society.


Photo credit: ABC/Danny Feld