Spitting for Science: Danish High School Students Commit to a Large-Scale Self-Reported Genetic Study.

Research paper by Georgios G Athanasiadis, Frank G FG Jørgensen, Jade Y JY Cheng, Peter C PC Kjærgaard, Mikkel H MH Schierup, Thomas T Mailund

Indexed on: 30 Aug '16Published on: 30 Aug '16Published in: PloS one


Scientific outreach delivers science to the people. But it can also deliver people to the science. In this work, we report our experience from a large-scale public engagement project promoting genomic literacy among Danish high school students with the additional benefit of collecting data for studying the genetic makeup of the Danish population. Not only did we confirm that students have a great interest in their genetic past, but we were also gratified to see that, with the right motivation, adolescents can provide high-quality data for genetic studies.