Genomic advances are rapidly leading to exciting opportunities to use genomic information in medical care and aspects of everyday life. But there is a widening gap between the pace of genomic advances and genomic literacy. To address the gap, NHGRI recently hosted a meeting that engaged people from three diverse fields: K-16 students, the general public and healthcare providers. The goal was to discuss the possible launching of a proposed Genomic Literacy, Education, and Engagement (GLEE) Initiative.
For NHGRI's National DNA Day inaugural speaker series, Eric P. Spana, Ph.D. from Duke University presented Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding. The event took place on the NIH campus in Building 35A (Porter Building), Room 640. It is now available on NHGRI's YouTube channel, GenomeTV. Dr. Spana is an award-winning instructor in biology who helps students place new information in context with ideas they already find familiar, like Harry Potter, Star Wars and The Avenger.
The NHGRI/Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Genome Unlocking Life's Code, has developed a wealth of educational digital assets for both students and teachers. Visit the Genome: Unlocking Life's Code site to discover all the ways you can enhance your learning and teaching experience about genomics and genetics.
The HHS Ignite Accelerator program, inspired by Silicon Valley start-up methods, nurtures innovative ideas that might improve government operations. Now this seed funding and mentorship program could help create a digital "LabGenius" and, according to NIH Director Francis Collins, "has the potential to streamline our labs ... which could have a big impact."