European DNA Day Essay Contest 2017

    The structure of the DNA double helix was unraveled over sixty years ago! DNA Day, April 25, is now commemorated internationally as a celebration of Genetics and its promises. For the eighth year, the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG), will be sponsoring a DNA Day Essay contest in European high schools. Once again we will partner with the American Society of Human Genetics in this initiative; using similar essay questions, thus allowing a better assessment of knowledge and perspectives on genetics among students from both continents.

    The essay contest is meant as a learning tool and a means to promote knowledge of genetics within Europe. It intends to challenge students to examine, question and reflect on the importance and social implications of genetic research and its applications. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the issues addressed by the selected essay question.

    Question 2017

    The following questions must be answered:

    CRISPR/CAS9 is a powerful new technology to change genetic material in all living material including humans, animals and plants. Explain how this technology works. Give your opinion what problems and opportunities this technology should be used for, and what potential uses should not be allowed. Explain why you would make these choices.

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