A STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) challenge education video produced by Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson about the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Companies like TGen are studying DNA and how our genes impact our behavior and our health. This episode is part of his “STEM Pro Live” series to introduce students to careers in STEM professions. In this video students hear what three different genetic research scientists do and how they got started in their careers. Includes story about scientist who earned a degree in literature but was motivated to study genetics (and cancer in pet dogs) by seeing X-Men movies! Second segment in this video is a chat with all three scientists and Q&A with questions from students. Special note about most diseases having both genetic and environmental risk factors: sleep, nutrition, exercise, using your brain, reducing stress, good social interactions, and decreasing exposure to toxins.

Genetics, Neuroscience
Middle School, High School

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