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What Can Your Genes Do?


Applicants were asked to submit a 3-5 minute video describing any current application of genetics (ancestry testing, genetic testing for disease risk, production of biofuels, etc.) and explain how it works. The application should have been realistic and in current use, not science fiction, and did not need to be limited to human genetics.


14- to 18- year-olds from around the world grabbed a camera and made some genetic movie magic.








First Place: $1,500 & a one-hour Skype session with award-winning fashion photographer and founder of Positive Exposure, Rick Guidotti


Honorable Mention: 3 prizes of $150 each

Entry Requirements



Entries must be submitted by November 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm U.S. ET.



Videos must be 3-5 minutes in total length (including any credit references).



All entries must be uploaded to YouTube and tagged with "ASHG Teen Genes". Videos must have the privacy set to "unlisted" and comments disabled. Videos may not be modified after uploading on YouTube and should not have an "upload date" past November 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm U.S. ET. Submissions may have their YouTube privacy set to "Public" after December 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm U.S. ET. Only one submission is allowed per entrant/group.



Videos must be the original and unpublished work of the contestant(s).



Videos must address the theme proposed above and may not contain inappropriate text or imagery. Videos must be kept as anonymous as possible, and should not include the entrant's name, school affiliation, or other identifiers.



By entering this contest, entrants assert that they either own or have the rights to use all content used in videos, and that material is properly credited. Entrants grant ASHG the right to adapt or use videos for any purpose. Entrants using third-party material must have received explicit permission from the owner to use these materials. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed compliance and reference form which asserts the statements above.


Parental Consent:

Anyone under the age of 18 who appears in a video must submit a completed parental consent form along with their video.


Videos in all languages are accepted; videos not in English must include English subtitles.



All entrants must complete an online application form on the submission website. A complete application must include: the video’s YouTube link, compliance and reference form, and completed consent form(s) (if applicable).


Submit Your Video
  1. All entrants must upload their video to YouTube.

    1. Create an account and upload your video on your YouTube page.

    2. Set your video privacy to “unlisted” and disable commenting.

    3. Tag your video with the following: “ASHG Teen Genes".

  2. Complete the necessary submission forms upload and upload them along with your YouTube video link to the submission website below.

  3. Submissions must be received by November 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm U.S. ET.





Videos entered into the contest shall be judged according to purpose, content accuracy, style and creativity, and video quality. Judging guidelines, found here, summarize the key elements the judges will be assessing.


Judging shall be conducted in two parts. Videos will first be evaluated by ASHG for scientific soundness. ASHG members will then have a week to vote on their favorite videos based upon the judging guidelines, and the video with the most votes will win the grand prize. The next three videos with the most votes will win the honorable mention prizes.

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