New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine: Genetics Education

by jeeg 26. June 2013 22:34

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine: 


Genetics Education


Since the completion of the Hu­man Genome Project in 2003, ge­nomic technologies have grown at an astounding rate and are rapidly becoming part of our everyday lives as patients, consumers, parents and citizens.  Yet for several years, results from science tests have revealed a performance gap between U.S. stu­dents and their peers in other de­veloped countries. Most American adults haven’t taken a biology class in years, sometimes decades.  Even physicians have expressed con­cern about their own knowledge gaps in genomics and the guidelines for its  use. 


But can we afford to be genetically illiterate?


The new double issue of GeneWatch magazine, now available online, brings together a diverse group of experts to examine genetics education in the United States from middle school to high school, and from college to continuing medical education for physicians and the general public.  This timely issue explores the innovative programs that are working at every level of the educational ladder.  We consider the enormous challenges and ethical hurdles that lie ahead as we rush to learn the science of genetics and challenge mistaken understandings and assumptions.


The issue also includes a special section of reflections from plaintiffs and leaders of the successful landmark effort to challenge the legitimacy of gene patents in the Supreme Court, pointed criticism of the recent report on incidental findings from the American College of Medical Genetics, excerpts from a brand new book on reproductive technologies and the fertility industry, and topical updates on everything from synthetic “glowing” plants to the recent Supreme Court decision on DNA collection by law enforcement.


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About GeneWatch


It is hard to keep up with the rush of information and opinion set off by the rapid growth in genetic research and technology. Without our fully realizing it, genetic technology is entering almost every area of our lives; from the genetically modified foods we eat, to the biodiversity of our eco-system, from human health and reproductive technologies to the operation of the criminal justice system. The public needs information from a trusted source.


For 30 years GeneWatch, CRG’s award-winning magazine, has filled this critical role. GeneWatch covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international issues: genetically engineered foods, biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning. GeneWatch features articles by international experts in the field, interviews of critical figures, profiles of every-day individuals impacted by developments in biotechnology, and reviews of books and movies.


GeneWatch is available by subscription for delivery or for free online. Please visit the CRG website for more information at


Since 1983, the Council for Responsible Genetics has represented the public interest and fostered public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies.  CRG is a leader in the movement to steer biotechnology toward the advancement of public health, environmental protection, equal justice, and respect for human rights.





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