The Human Genome: Perspectives for Public Health
Human Genome: Perspectives for Public Health
An international project on the perspectives for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases in light of the research carried out into the Human Genome, involving secondary school students and teachers, Health Sciences researchers and journalists.
It had 4 different editions (from 2001 to 2004).
Schools in the project
Participation of schools from Portugal (Azores included), Germany, Mozambique and Sweden.
A German and a Swedish school took part in the project.
Scientific community support
between schools and scientists
List of recommended sites
Articles created by researchers
1. Groups from different schools visited science institutions, interviewed researchers and created articles
on genetic diseases.
Each article focussed on:
the research carried out by the researcher working with the group
community initiatives carried out by the researcher institution
a patient’s story
2. Groups of students from Brazilian, Mozambique and Portuguese schools were invited to articles on Genetics and diseases with the support of researchers.
Example: an interview
to a researcher by the students from a school in Azores about a genetic disease: Machado-Joseph
3. Students created science fiction texts under the topic Genetics in the Year 2020.
A science fiction writer and a scientist chose the best short stories (a prize was awarded)
The story writing gave way to activities in schools with the support of the Biology and Portuguese language teachers.
Students’ short stories
4. Schools carried out experiments based on a science Kit produced by NCBE (Portuguese version provided by Ciência Viva) and shared results.
5. Videoconference between Portuguese and Brazilian students on genetics.
6. Q / A: Questions of students | Answers by scientists
7. Discussion forum
Controversial aspects of the research into the Human Genome will be the basis for a Discussion Forum on the Internet.
Session in the Pavilion of Knowledge, Science Week 2001
Students talked about their experience in the project. Interview by a journalist (national newspaper), session coordination: scientist in charge of the project
Session with an expert in forensic genetics, 2001
Debate in the Pavilion of Knowledge
Debate with researchers and students, May 2000
Topic: Future Challenges for the Health Sciences: Sorting Fact from Fiction
Ex-president Clinton visits the Pavilion and talks to students in the project
Topic: Malaria – practical activities + exhibition
The support of journalits
Journalists from a national newspaper supported the students:
in the preparation of the visits to the institutions
for the interviews to the researchers
in the final document writing
The project in the media
An article about the project published in a national newspaper
The 4 editions of the project