There is clear benefit to the public understanding genetics. People living in a scientifically and genetically literate society better understand their world, the diversity of life, and the underpinnings of health and disease. They are empowered to make informed choices about their healthcare and ethical issues related to genetics. It is therefore essential that genetics is integrated into the school science curriculum. The Society also supports the inclusion of genetics in school curricula for healthcare professionals, residency training, and continuing medical education to facilitate the integration of genetics into healthcare.

Key Issues

Teaching of Genetics in Schools
The Society believes that it is critical that genetics is part of school children’s education, including patterns of inheritance, gene expression, genetic variation, and the ethical, legal, and social issues associated with the use of genetic technologies. Children should have the benefit of a comprehensive genetics curriculum that includes ASHG’s core genetics concepts.

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Teaching of Evolution
Principles of genetics and evolution are foundational to all life sciences. The Society therefore strongly supports the teaching of evolution in the science classroom as part of a comprehensive genetics and life sciences curriculum. It opposes efforts that undermine the teaching of evolution, or that attempt to establish a false equivalence between evolution and alternative explanations about the origins of life that are not science-based.

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