TSU and Goldsmiths, University of London have launched TAGS – a website where the latest achievements in genetics are presented in an accessible form. The information is published in English and Russian, and the authors are leading Russian and international scientists.
On the site, scientists comment on scientific articles on genetics, explaining the essence of research in understandable terms. There are also sections where basic terms are shown and where scientists answer questions. Resource coordinators collect interesting and reliable information and comment on articles in popular English newspapers (for example, the Daily Mail).
The site is run by an international group of experts, including Fatos Selita, a barrister of England and Wales and New York City Attorney; Professor Yulia Kovas, head of the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics; Sergey Malykh, a professor at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education; Olga Bogdanova, Deputy Director of the International Center for Human Development; and Robert Chapman, a PhD student and coordinator of the English version; and others. The authors pay special attention to issues related to the ethical and legal aspects of genetics.
Another ethical issue, say the scientists, is who will store genetic data and who will have access to it: the government, doctors, insurance agencies, or anyone else. Since 2008, the US has an act prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information; Russia does not have such legislation yet. All these issues are also discussed on the TAGS website.
The site's experts are teachers of the interdisciplinary TSU Master's programme Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology. The Master’s students of this programme also take part in the development oresource. Maxim Likhanov, a coordinator of the site, invites other students, translators, lawyers, and potential authors to join the project. Those interested can write to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.