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Latest genetic and genomic news, media resources, and information of broad interest to students and educators.

2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge for High School Students

Description: This competition is designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in natural science and mathematics. Students between the ages of 13 and 18 can submit an up to 5 minute long video for a chance to win $250,000 college scholarship, $50,000 teacher prize, and $100,000 school science lab prize. The Challenge deadline is October 10, 2016, at 11:59 pm PDT.

American Society of Human Genetics 2018 DNA Day Essay Contest

Description: Students in grades 9-12 (with help from their teachers) are asked to examine, question, and reflect on an important concept in genetics. 1st prize is $1,000 for the student and a $1,000 genetics materials grant for the teacher. The deadline for entries is March 9, 2018.

DNA From African Mummies Tie These Folk to Middle Easterners

Description: High-tech genetic methods and skilled techniques reveal genetic origin to the east, not the south. An article by Helen Thompson.

DNA Tells Tale of How Cats Conquered the World

Description: When it comes to revealing when and how wild felines became couch kitties, the cat is starting to come out of the bag. Analyzing 9,000 years of cat remains points to two waves of feline migration. An article by Tina Hesman Saey.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Cloned Sheep and What Came Next - 20 Years After Dolly

Description: Dolly was an important milestone, inspiring scientists to refine the techniques and combine them with other methods to turbocharge traditional animal breeding methods as well as gain insights into aging and disease. An article by George Seidel Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University.

FDA Approves First New Sickle Cell Drug in 20 Years

Description: The US Food and Drug Administration approved a new medicine to reduce the complications associated with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder. The active ingredient is actually a widely available supplement, L-glutamine.

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

Description: Researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos.

First U.S. Team to Gene-Edit Human Embryos Revealed

Description: Research involving the gene editing of a human embryo is underway at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Gene Therapy May Finally Be Coming of Age

Description: In a new study out this month in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists report that a teenage boy with the disorder remained symptom-free for 15 months after undergoing gene therapy.

Genome Sequencing for Healthy Individuals? Think Big and Act Small!

Description: So what is the state of clinical practice in 2017? This article offers a real life glimpse into what is in the works today!

How A Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs To A Middle-School Classroom

Description: Today, the CRISPR tool is no longer something that only researchers do in labs. Some middle schoolers are doing it in their science classes.

How DNA Testing for Your Ancestry Works

Description: A four minute video of professor Wendy Roth of the University of British Columbia, explaining the boom in genetic ancestry tests and how these tests influence the way people understand race.

Navigating Genetics Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Description: A training video on using online genetics education resources from the National Library of Medicine in the classroom

NHGRI Newsroom

Description: A listing of the National Human Genome Research Institute's latest genomic news

Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base Hot Topics of the Day

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications

Scientists Hide a Real Movie Within Germ DNA

Description: There is a new movie that lasts only about one second and has no plot. Still, it is generating a real buzz. That is because scientists have stored this movie into the DNA of living bacteria. An article by Helen Thompson.

Sight and Song: The Christian Guardino Story

Description: Christian Guardino, a contestant on Americas Got Talent, is a high school senior who was born with the genetic eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis. He is one of the lucky few who have benefited from gene therapy treatment.

The Henrietta Lacks Timeline (PDF 2,218.14 KB)

Description: This infographic poster illustrates the historical timeline of Henrietta Lacks' immortal cells (HeLa cell line). Research using the HeLa cell line has resulted in drugs against influenza, leukemia, herpes, Parkinson's disease and more.

Tweets of the Week

Description: Follow tweets written by Dr. Khoury, the director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics