Juniors Kim & McDevitt win national DNA Day Essay prizes
Junior Sydney Kim and Grace McDevitt both received honorable mentions in the 2019 DNA Day Essay Contest sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics. Part of the celebration of National DNA Day, the contest encourages high school students and teachers worldwide to learn about human genetics concepts and apply them to current scientific and societal issues. Eleven students were awarded honorable mentions and each received a $100 monetary prize.
ASHG received essays from 1088 students from 45 U.S. states and 24 non-U.S. countries, who explored an ethical dilemma in human genetics. More than 300 ASHG members evaluated the results for accuracy, creativity, and writing. Since 2006, the Society has led the contest annually and seeks to spark excitement and learning among the next generation of genetics professionals and foster greater genetic literacy among the general public.
This year, students were asked to consider the goals, rights, and duties involved in deciding whether a father’s Huntington’s disease (HD) diagnosis should be revealed to his adult child. After considering both sides, students chose one argument to defend, using their knowledge of the scientific and medical aspects of HD.