Genomics: Insights

Share your findings with the world


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has partnered with the Smithsonian to provide an online digital publication. Genomics: Insights allows high schoolers, college students, and postdoctoral trainees to share genomics research topics and findings for a chance to have them peer-reviewed and published on our site.

Communicating science to the public is an important skill for scientists, and this is an exciting opportunity to develop scientific communication skills. Articles span a variety of genomics disciplines and are written to concisely communicate findings to a lay audience.

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The Latest Insights


Understanding the Role of Genetic Literacy on Genetic Testing Perceptions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Introduction Genetic literacy, or one’s understanding of genetic principles and their ability to apply them to personal health-care decisions, is an increasingly vital tool in toda...

The most common questions about DTC genetic testing…and answers!

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing like, and 23andMe among others are undoubtedly gaining popularity and curiosity among the general population. The number of con...

On Our Way to Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Genetic Architecture

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by cognitive phenotypes such as restricted interests, repetitive behaviors and language and...

A Deep Learning Approach to COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

There are now nearly 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and economic pitfall. Recently, in a study that has yet to be peer-revi...

A Look into the Creation of a COVID-19 Vaccine

In December 2019, COVID-19, a new respiratory disease, broke out in Wuhan, China, resulting in a worldwide pandemic. A vaccine is needed, but what does vaccine creation entail? ...

Can Genetically Engineered Bacteria Solve The Plastic Pollution Crisis?

Plastic is an innovation which has pervaded every aspect of modern life, but human dependence on plastic comes at a heavy price. Plastic remains in the environment for millenia, bre...

Gut Microbiome Modulation for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer diagnosis among men and women in the United States.1-3 While cancer is recognized to be a disease of both genetic and environ...

Genetic Counseling: Genomic Screening Programs Illustrate an Astounding Number of Unknown Pathogenic Variants

The ability to look at your own genes seems like something from the far future, but is becoming increasingly accessible. Often, this information is used to determine genetic predisp...

Now Accepting Submissions

Submit by December 13, 2021 to be considered for the January 2022 Publication

Submissions must be between 500-1500 words and can include a maximum of 2 exhibits (figures or tables).

Who is eligible to submit:

High School Students, Post-Baccalaureate Students, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Trainees

Who will review: 

The NHGRI Trainee Editorial Board will review based on overall relevance, overall timeliness, scientific merit, editorial aspects (grammar, format), and non-technical literacy

What to submit:

  • Interesting genomics research you wish to communicate with the public
  • An article demystifying public perception of a genetics and/or genomics concept regarding a recently published or discussed scientific finding
  • An overview of a cutting-edge topic within the field


For details on article submission details:

Questions? Contact the NHGRI Trainee Editorial Board at

Ready to submit an article for consideration by the Editorial Board? Click here to access the submission form.