The American Society of Human Genetics is hosting an essay contest for students in grades 9-12 for “DNA Day”, which marks the 1953 discovery of the DNA double helix and the 2003 completion of the Human Genome Project. Prizes are offered for first, second, and third place, and honorable mentions. The contest is open to classroom and homeschooled students. The essay submissions should address the following question:
2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick and the 10th anniversary of the first sequencing of the human genome. Choose either of these breakthroughs and explain its broader impact on biotechnology, human health and disease, or our understanding of basic genetics, such as genetic variation or gene expression.
Justify your answer in detail and be sure to include one or more specific examples of broader impact. Use reliable references and citations to support your argument, for example, research published by experts in scientific journal articles and books.
Go here for more information about the contest and the submission site. Deadline for entries is March 15th.