Personal Genetics Education Project

What does genetics mean to you? How has it impacted your life? Your work?

The genomic revolution is unlocking opportunities and impacting our lives. pgEd is bringing people together from all walks of life to discuss and shape its future. These videos are stories from some of our friends and colleagues who agreed to sit down with us and share some of their insights, experiences, and visions for the future. Our sincere appreciation to all those who have shared their stories! Special thanks to Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Marilyn Ness and her team at Big Mouth Productions for bringing this project to life!

Watch the videos

We’ve broken the videos in this series into the following themes:

  • “Genetics gets personal” – Allison, Chris, Mike, and Paul share stories about the personal impacts of genetic information, in terms of both specific health issues but also one’s identity.
  • “Big ideas in genetics” – Allison, Beth, and Chris share their perspectives on key points they think people should know about genetics and how genome sequencing is changing medicine. A central message and one of pgEd’s favorites – our genes are only part of the story of who we are and what our future holds.
  • “Debating the issues” – Alison, Chris, Paul, and the people who participated in our roundtable discussion discuss the distinction between a trait versus a disease and how reproductive technologies should be used. Many questions are raised, and there are no simple answers. What do you think?
  • “Joining the conversation” – Amy, Enrique, Elizabeth, and Linda weigh in on why it is important to add your voice the conversation, no matter who you are or what your experiences have been. Dig in to discuss the excitement surrounding genetics as well as the implications.

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We hope these videos will spark conversations – in your classroom, at your book club, or around your kitchen table. We also invite you to post comments on pgEd’s YouTube channel or share your thoughts through the comment box below. We care about your privacy and never share addresses. Thank you!

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Directed by
Marilyn Ness

Produced by
Marilyn Ness & Katy Chevigny

Edited by
Jamie Boyle

Title Sequence Edit & Animation
Kristen Nutile & Dave Tecson

Music by
Ole Music

Produced by Big Mouth Productions, Inc.