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

Ethical Questions Loom Over Efforts to Make a Human Genome from Scratch

Description: Printing genomes on demand could mean custom-built organisms, difficult ethical questions, and profits for a handful of companies.

Gene Therapys First Out-and-Out Cure Is Here

Description: A treatment now pending approval in Europe will be the first commercial gene therapy to provide an outright cure for severe combined immune deficiency. This rare disease leaves newborns with almost no defense against viruses, bacteria, or fungi.

Genomics and Health

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications

Idaho Seventh Graders to Present Research at Genome Conference

Description: For a few days, seventh-graders from Holy Spirit Catholic School will be peers with 3,000 leading genetic scientists and researchers, presenting their findings at the worlds largest agricultural genomics meeting. The students will be the only children to prepare an abstract and professional poster for display at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference Jan. 14-18 in San Diego. Their special circumstances are the result of the unique importance of their class project - helping the USDA Aberdeen Agricultural Research Service evaluate 250 heirloom oat varieties for their ability to germinate in cold conditions.

Licensing CRISPR for Agriculture - Policy Considerations

Description: Broad Chief Business Officer Issi Rosen outlines the ethical and safety concerns involved with the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology in agriculture. CRISPR is a genome editing technique that lets scientists edit genetic material, by removing, replacing, or adding to parts of the DNA sequence. The Broad Institute of MIT has recently awarded Monsanto a CRISPR licensing agreement.

Lives in the Balance: Why Do We Hold Onto Potentially Harmful, Disease-Causing Mutations?

Description: The persistence of heritable disease raises an evolutionary paradox. When DNA goes awry, and a harmful mutation sprouts up that affects survival, why are these not simply purged from a population over generations?

Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Does Not Wilt

Description: New advances in biotechnology could keep your flowers in bloom longer.

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

Researchers Identify Genetic Links to Educational Attainment

Description: It is well known that social and other environmental factors influence education, but a recent study suggest that large genetics analyses may be able to help discover biological pathways as well. An international team of researchers has identified 74 areas of the human genome associated with educational attainment.

Rewriting the Code of Life

Description: A powerful new biological tool could be used to make white-footed mice immune to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. An article by Michael Specter.

Ten Captivating Tools for the DNA Classroom

Description: Whether you are searching for something for DNA Day, looking for a little spice in your genetics unit, or offering resources to parents, students or colleagues - these ten perennial favorites are sure to please. Bookmark this for year-round use.

The Power Of Genes, and the Line Between Biology and Destiny

Description: As researchers work to understand the human genome, many questions remain, including, perhaps, the most fundamental - Just how much of the human experience is determined before we are already born, by our genes, and how much is dependent upon external environmental factors?

Tweets of the Week

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