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May 27, 2008

Point of View: Genetic Science Confounds Students

  • The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) recently initiated an essay contest to encourage high school students to think seriously about the implications of human genetic research. The group was dismayed to find that many students failed to understand the limits of science, often crossing the line between science and science fiction. What is to blame? Is it the relatively general nature of curricula supported by national and state science standards, teachers who teach the way they were taught and not the way science is done, or outdated textbooks? Read the article and find out exactly what the ASHG found and what it recommends and then let us know what you think.

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CRISPR Patent Controversy

Do you think recently released email from a former Broad Institute scientist to Jennifer Doudna will expedite a final legal decision on who owns the CRISPR patent?

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