Genomics: Insights



Write about Genomics & Society


The National Human Genome Research Institute has partnered with the Smithsonian to provide an online digital publication. Genomics: Insights allows highschoolers, college students and postdoctoral trainees to submit scientific writing about genomics and society for the opportunity to be peer-reviewed by researchers at academic institutions.

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The Latest Insights


Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine Booster Shots - Increasing Overall Immunity

In a world with emerging COVID-19 variants and a decrease in vaccine effectiveness over time, the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines require a third dosage to boost the immunity of patients...

How can genomics help answer the free will vs. determinism question regarding altruism?

Altruism, the trait of sacrificing self-gain for the benefit of others, may be expressed as a result of both genes and environmental influence. 

The Role of the CHRNA2 Gene and Environmental Factors in Cannabis Use Disorder

Introduction The results from genome-wide association studies and drug and alcohol surveys indicate a role for CHRNA2 gene and specific environmental factors in the manifestation of cann...

TRPV1b: a Promising Splice Variant for Pain Management

The Relationship between TRPV1 and Pain In 2021, Dr. David Julius and Dr. Ardem Patapoutian won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of receptors for temperature...

CRISPR/Cas9 and Revolutions in Rice Crop Disease Resistance

Hypothesis With the development of CRISPR/Cas9, the technology’s transformational modifications to plant genes can significantly increase resistance to diseases affecting the production ...

The Genetics of Human Populations

Human Racial Categorization  The charged concept of race has long overshadowed human history. Historically armed to place certain groups above others, race remains a powerful social...

An Overview of Sickle Cell Anemia

Symptoms and Pathophysiology Sickle cell anemia (SS) is an autosomal recessive inherited red blood cell disorder that produces a wide variety of symptoms ranging from chronic hemolytic a...

Submit your article

Submission Guidelines for Research Reviews

Submissions must follow these guidelines and should be between 500 - 1500 words, including a maximum of two figures or tables created by the author.

Submission deadlines

There will be two submission cycles for the upcoming year. November 1, 2024 will be the deadline for the first review cycle and March 7, 2025 will be the deadline for the second cycle.

Who is eligible to submit 

High School students, Post-Baccalaureate students, Undergraduate and Graduate students, and Postdoctoral trainees.

We encourage submissions from a team of two to three co-authors from the same institution. If authors are high school students, we also encourage them to get feedback from a high school or external academic mentor.

Who will review

Submissions that meet the guidelines will be reviewed by researchers from academic institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, National Institutes of Health and the industry.



What to submit

Topics should connect genomics to society. Some examples include:

  • Interplay of genomics and environment in health and well being
  • Genome editing tools and their role in medicine and biotechnology
  • Role of machine learning in predicting risk of disease outcome and severity

Submission form access

Submission Form

Who to contact

Editor in Chief, Dr. Balakrishnan Selvakumar