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

The Coming of Age of Gene Therapy - A Review of the Past and Path Forward

Description: Gene therapy is the process of treating a disease by modifying the DNA of a person. After three decades of hopes tempered by setbacks, gene therapy is no longer the future of medicine, but is part of the clinical treatment toolkit used today.

Adding Letters to the DNA Alphabet

Description: The recipes for life, going back billions of years to the earliest single-celled organisms, are encoded in a DNA alphabet of just four letters. But is four as high as the DNA code can go? Or, as researchers have long wondered, is it chemically and biologically possible to expand the DNA code by a couple of letters? The NIH Director Blog describes recent experiments that aimed to answer this very question.

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.

Do Genes Direct Our Behavior?

Description: What do we do when we are hungry? How do we react when people gather around us? Where do we go when we want to be alone? Humans have so many complex behaviors, yet researchers think many of them have developed directly from the ways animals act and react. In this 8 minute video, Cori Bargmann a researcher at Rockefeller University describes her research on behavior and the nervous system.

Frontiers for Young Minds

Description: Visit to find a collection of freely available scientific articles by distinguished scientists that are shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own young peers.

Good News From Immunotherapy - Our Immune Defense Stands Up to Cancer

Description: Cancer happens when cells lose control and start to grow without limits. In recent years, scientists have found that the immune system can be taught to attack cancer.

Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome

Description: Google released a tool called DeepVariant that uses the latest AI techniques to build a more accurate picture of a genome from sequencing data.

How Can CRISPR Genome Editing Shape the Future of Cancer Research

Description: CRISPR allows scientists to tweak genes faster than ever before, and at a fraction of the cost of older techniques. These tweaks can be used to answer questions in the lab, but there is also excitement, and trepidation, over the potential use of the tech to treat diseases.

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

NIH Study of WWII Evacuees Suggests Mental Illness May Be Passed to Offspring

Description: Mental illness associated with early childhood adversity may be passed from generation to generation, according to a recent study of adults whose parents evacuated Finland as children during World War II.

Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base Hot Topics of the Day

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications

Scientists Just Added Two Functional Letters to the Genetic Code

Description: All life forms on Earth use the same genetic alphabet of the bases A, T, C, and G—nitrogen-containing compounds that constitute the building blocks of DNA and spell out the instructions for making proteins. Now, scientists have developed the first bacterium to use extra letters, or unnatural bases, to build proteins.

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 Use of Stem Cells for Treatment of Diseases

Description: Stem cells are a type of cell that can develop in different ways to form all of the organs in the body. They may be very useful as a therapy for diseases in which organs are damaged or where the immune system is too active.

Tweets of the Week

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