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DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

DNA Day Essay Contest

The DNA Day Essay Contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions.

Write an essay of less than 750 words on one of the following topics.

  • Option 1: In 2010, a major discovery in genetics research found that the DNA of some modern humans contains small amounts of Neanderthal DNA. Briefly explain this finding and discuss its relevance to human ancestry and evolution.
  • Option 2: A number of companies offer genetic testing directly to consumers, bypassing the involvement of physicians and genetic counselors. Discuss whether you think this is a good idea or not. You might focus on medical, ethical, legal, or social dimensions of this issue.

Submission Deadline: March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.