American Society of Human Genetics Essay Contest
Eligibility and Instruction:
This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question, and reflect on important
concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the
concepts related to the essay question. They are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring.
2019 Topic:
Jonathan, age 50, has just been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease (HD). His genetic counselor, Karen, seeks Jonathan’s
consent to disclose this diagnosis to his daughter, Sarah, who is 25. Jonathan refuses to allow Karen or anyone else on the
medical staff to reveal this diagnosis to Sarah. (1) Present arguments for and against Jonathan's position by discussing the
relevant goals, rights, and duties of each of the parties in this case. (2) Then choose one argument to defend, using your
knowledge of the scientific and medical aspects of HD.
Award: Varies from $100 - $1,000
Deadline: March 8, 2019

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