We have a record submission of over 700 essays this year. Essays were submitted from 45 states in the U.S., Canada, Colombia, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The judges enjoyed reading the essays and see what
the younger generation thinks about genetics.
Congratulations to the 2011 winners and thank you all for participating. Happy DNA Day!
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.
R.L. Paschal High School, Forts Worth, TX Teacher: Wendy Yanney
Schools for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN Teacher: Angela Eeds
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN Teacher: Tina Barsky
Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ Teacher: Michael Liva
Ames High School, Ames, IA Teacher: Craig Walter
The Winsor School, Boston, MA Teacher: Tone Rawlings
Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, NJ Teacher: Linda Strauss
Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, MD Teacher: Clinton Brown
Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD
Teacher: Rebecca Firoved
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.
The contest aims to challenge
students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions.
are read and scored by at least two independent judges. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner are chosen for each question.