Trainee Newsletter

The logo is owned by Decolonize DNA Day and the Native BioData Consortium; Powerful and impactful, Oglala Lakota artist Walt Pourier of Vision Maker Media designed this logo for the Decolonize DNA Day event. It uses the fist, a common motif in protest imagery. It also reflects the topic of DNA and genomics.

The Decolonization of DNA DAY

National DNA Day, designated as April 25th by the 108th U.S. Congress, celebrates the DNA double helix discovery of 1953 and the completion of the human genome project as two of the most significant scientific accomplishments in the past 100 years. ASHG has a long tradition of celebrating DNA day through a variety of individual... Read More

Navigating Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era

Nascent Transcript Author: Anna Miller With “Stay at Home” orders in effect and the slow process of reopening, we spoke with Simona Mkrtschjan, a Clinical Social Worker at Case Western Reserve University, in late April about navigating our mental health. Some people struggle with feeling like they’re not accomplishing enough each day. How do we... Read More

Ethical Implications of the Novartis Lottery

Nascent Transcript Author: Anna Miller A recent decision by the pharmaceutical company Novartis to provide 100 free gene therapy treatments for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a debilitating yet rare genetic condition, to patients selected through a lottery program has sparked debate about the ethical implications. SMA is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by... Read More

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