Thank you for making this another successful year! We received many submissions from students in 40 U.S. states and 21 foreign countries, including Colombia, Ukraine, and Singapore. We would also like to thank the over 500 ASHG members who participated in judging the essays!
In the early 1990s, gene therapy was hailed as a potential treatment or cure for many genetic diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, problems during clinical trials, including the death of a patient due to a fatal immune reaction, forced scientists to re-think their strategies. Recent advances in biology have made gene therapy more promising than ever and expanded the field beyond its original concept of providing an additional, functional copy of a malfunctioning gene to specific cells. Choose one modern example of gene therapy (since 2005), describe the disease or condition researchers are attempting to treat, and explain how the therapy/approach might repair the underlying cause of the disease or condition.
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Lake Dallas High School
Teacher: Cynthia Powers
Seoul International School
Seongnam-si, South Korea
Teacher: Eugene Lee
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Teacher: Crystal Randall
Whitestation High School
Teacher: Chikezie Madu
Teacher: Jennifer Brakeman
Staten Island Technical High School
Staten Island, NY
Teacher: John Davis
North Shore Hebrew Academy High School
Great Neck, NY
Teacher: Lisa Runco
Stuyvesant High School
New York, NY
Teacher: Maria Nedwidek-Moore
The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important ideas and issues related to human genetics. Competitive essays are expected to convey substantive, well-reasoned, and evidence-based arguments that demonstrate deep understanding.
Essays are evaluated through three rounds of judging, and every essay is read by a minimum of three judges. Top-scoring essays have typically been scored by a dozen or more judges.
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