Question 1: Second Place


Patreece begins her essay by quoting Francis Collins, then National Human Genome Research Institute chief, who called the completion of the Human Genome Project a “remarkable milestone” but insisted that the genome was “written in language we still don’t understand very well.” In moving forward and further understanding the “language of genetics,” Patreece writes, "New research techniques . . . extend beyond the principles of Mendelian genetics, yet an understanding of alleles and inheritance patterns remains highly relevant."