| Sep 20, 2010
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has announced its 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. This contest is open to students in grades 9-12, and the deadline for submissions will be March 7, 2011. The contest is composed of two essay questions, and there will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award for each question.
2011 essay questions are:
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.
Winning students will receive:
1st place: $400.00 and teacher receives a $2,000 grant for laboratory genetics equipment
2nd place: $250.00
3rd place: $150.00
Visit the ASHG website for the rules, rubric, and more information.