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Genomics Education in the Era of Personal Genomics: Academic, Professional, and Public Considerations

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(3), 768; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21030768
Received: 31 December 2019 / Revised: 18 January 2020 / Accepted: 22 January 2020 / Published: 24 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Feature Papers in Molecular Genetics and Genomics)
Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, genomic sequencing has become a prominent tool used by diverse disciplines in modern science. In the past 20 years, the cost of genomic sequencing has decreased exponentially, making it affordable and accessible. Bioinformatic and biological studies have produced significant scientific breakthroughs using the wealth of genomic information now available. Alongside the scientific benefit of genomics, companies offer direct-to-consumer genetic testing which provide health, trait, and ancestry information to the public. A key area that must be addressed is education about what conclusions can be made from this genomic information and integrating genomic education with foundational genetic principles already taught in academic settings. The promise of personal genomics providing disease treatment is exciting, but many challenges remain to validate genomic predictions and diagnostic correlations. Ethical and societal concerns must also be addressed regarding how personal genomic information is used. This genomics revolution provides a powerful opportunity to educate students, clinicians, and the public on scientific and ethical issues in a personal way to increase learning. In this review, we discuss the influence of personal genomics in society and focus on the importance and benefits of genomics education in the classroom, clinics, and the public and explore the potential consequences of personal genomic education. View Full-Text
Keywords: personal genomics; Human Genome; sequencing; genetic testing; bioethics; genomics education; science education personal genomics; Human Genome; sequencing; genetic testing; bioethics; genomics education; science education
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Whitley, K.V.; Tueller, J.A.; Weber, K.S. Genomics Education in the Era of Personal Genomics: Academic, Professional, and Public Considerations. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 768.

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