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

Biologists Propose to Sequence the DNA of All Life on Earth

Description: Can biologists sequence the genomes of all the plants and the animals in the world? Learn more about the Earth BioGenome Project.

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.

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 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

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