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The “Father of Genetics,” Gregor Mendel, was born 200 years ago in northern Moravia (now Czechia). His experiments with pea plants led to observations and conclusions that became fundamental principles of genetic inheritance. These principles include: 1) Each organism has two versions (or alleles) of each gene; 2) One allele is inherited from the mother, and one allele is inherited from the father; 3) Alleles can be dominant or recessive; 4) Genes for different traits are inherited independently from each other. Because of Mendel’s contributions, traits and disorders that are caused by variation in one gene (For Example, Huntington’s disease, Cystic fibrosis) are called Mendelian traits or disorders. There are also complex traits and disorders (For Example, diabetes, hypertension) that are caused by variation in many genes and, often, environmental factors.
- How do Mendel’s discoveries help us understand Mendelian disorders?
- How does the study of Mendelian disorders help us understand complex diseases?
1st Place: Man Tak Mindy Shie, Grade 12
Teacher: Dr. Siew Hwey Alice Tan
School: Singapore International School (Hong Kong)
Location: Hong Kong, China
2nd Place: Gillian Wells, Grade 11
Teacher: Mrs. Rebecca Hodgson
School: Ulverston Victoria High School
Location: Ulverston, England, UK
3rd Place: Yiyang Zhang, Grade 11
Teacher: Dr. Qiongyu Zeng
School: Shanghai High School International Division
Location: Shanghai, China
Glenbrook South High School
Teacher: Mrs. Marianne Gudmundsson
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Teacher: Mrs. Suzanne Monck
Conestoga High School
Teacher: Mrs. Liz Gallo
BASIS International School Hangzhou
Teacher: Dr. Dongchen Xu
Reading, United Kingdom
Teacher: Ms. Francis Howson
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Teacher: Ms. Helen Stuart
Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Teacher: Ms. Sarah McKenzie
St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School
Teacher: Dr. Clare Kuisell
Ridgewood High School
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Teacher: Mr. Ryan Van Treuren
South Brunswick High School
Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
Teacher: Ms. Jessica Pagone
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About the Contest
The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important ideas and issues related to human genetics. Competitive essays are expected to convey substantive, well-reasoned, and evidence-based arguments that demonstrate deep understanding.
Essays are evaluated through three rounds of judging, and every essay is read by a minimum of three judges. Top-scoring essays have typically been scored by a dozen or more judges.
Read the 2022 DNA Day Essay Contest Announcement Press Release.
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