Editorial Ideas

SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS CONTRIBUTE FEATURE COLUMNS

Involve scientists and researchers in contributing articles/stories to the local media. Resources include local universities, colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, and cancer treatment centres. Topics of interest could relate to local research, medical breakthroughs, or treatments based on advancements in genomic science.

Keep in mind local, national and international events that may be linked to the exhibition. Find a way to capitalize on interesting news related to genomics, genetics, and DNA.

Topics may include:
  • Sequencing the Big C — Elaine Mardis helped invent genome sequencing technology. Now she's bringing it to a group of people who really need it: cancer patients.
  • Your Breakfast May Be Going Extinct — Livestock and crops are increasingly vulnerable due to "genetic homogeneity." Here's how scientists are trying to save what's on your plate.
  • Ginseng, Genomics and Jasmine — Five DC-area high school students enjoyed a summer opportunity that most young people only dream of — six weeks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) learning genomic science lab techniques and working one-on-one with top scientists in the field.
  • Our Tangled Family Ties — Scientists call it "gene flow." The rest of us call it "sex." And apparently, our ancestors had it with Neanderthals, Denisovans, and who knows who else.
  • Expect the Unexpected — Taking stock of medical progress in the decade since the Human Genome Project.
  • B Vitamins: They're Complex — By studying folate and vitamin B12, researchers are unraveling some of our body's most fundamental biochemical pathways.
  • GINA: Protection from Misuse of Genetic Information — When the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was signed into law in May 2008, it marked a major breakthrough in protection for medical consumers, as well as a giant step toward the future of medical research.
  • Patents (De)Pending — The gene patenting question dates back to 1982 and the Supreme Court's decision on Diamond vs. Chakrabarty, which dealt with a patent application for a bacterium genetically engineered to digest crude oil and clean up oil spills.