Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DNA Day Essay Reminder

Today this was in my e-mail inbox. I thought I'd post it as a reminder to anyone interested.

The ASHG 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest

The submission site is now live. You can visit and click on ‘6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest’ for the submission link, rules, and more information. Please be reminded that the deadline is March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.

2011 DNA Day Essay questions:

Option 1: In 2010, a major discovery in genetics research found that the DNA of some modern humans contains small amounts of Neanderthal DNA. Briefly explain this finding and discuss its relevance to human ancestry and evolution.

Option 2: A number of companies offer genetic testing directly to consumers, bypassing the involvement of physicians and genetic counselors. Discuss whether you think this is a good idea or not. You might focus on medical, ethical, legal, or social dimensions of this issue.

Questions? Please email Angie Wong (

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