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Georgia Hurst (@ShewithLynch), Amy Byer Shainman (@BRCAresponder), and Ellen Matloff (@MyGeneCounsel) are involved in raising awareness for Hereditary Cancer by holding the #Hcchats (@Hc_chat) on Twitter. You can catch the next Tweetchat April 29th at 9pm ET with special guest Dr. Sharon Bober (@DrSharonBober), an expert in sex after Oophorectomy or Hysterectomy.Georgia Hurst shares her and her family's experience having Lynch Syndrome and how she started her non-profit, IHaveLynchSyndrome.com. Amy Byer Shainman describes her documentary, Pink and Blue, and being a BRCA1 positive previvor. Ellen T. Matloff is the President and CEO of MyGeneCounsel and shares her insight on the importance of understanding genetic testing and genetic counseling and we all weigh in on Angelina Jolie's impact on both.Guest BiosGeorgia Hurst is a Lynch Syndrome Advocate and was recently granted nonprofit status for IHaveLynchSyndrome.com. She has Lynch syndrome, which is an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many types of cancer, particularly cancers of the colon and rectum. She writes for her own blog, other blogs, medical journals, and Cure Today. Her mission is to educate doctors and the public around the globe about Lynch syndrome.Amy Byer Shainman also known as The BRCA Responder - @BRCAresponder on twitter, is a Hereditary Cancer/BRCA Health Advocate and a BRCA1 positive previvor. She is also the executive producer of the upcoming documentary Pink and Blue. This is a documentary about hereditary cancer, the BRCA mutations, & male breast cancer.Ellen T. Matloff is the President and CEO of MyGeneCounsel. My Gene Counsel is a digital health tool that will increase the effectiveness of genetic testing and precision medicine. Ellen has worked in clinical cancer genetics for more than 18 years and was one of the key plaintiffs in the Supreme Court gene patent case of 2013.
Presentations at the Rare Disease Day 2015 are recapped. Presentors include Dr. Anton Alerte, Juliet and Tara Lynn, Dr. Caroline Dealy and Ethan Talbot. Check out joshuafrase.org, Favafoundation.org, and rarediseases.org for more information.
Today is Rare Disease Day! I attended the National Organization for Rare Disorders' (NORD) event in Hartford, Connecticut’s Legislative Building. I recap the event and feature two interviews, one with Michelle Cotton, a patient advocate and mom of a child with a rare disease. The other interview is with Representative Dave W. Yaccarino, who spoke to me about the legislation's impact on biotech and Rare Diseases. Some facts about Rare Diseases, 30 million Americans have a Rare Disease which means 1 in 10 people in America are affected. Over half of those with a Rare Disease are children, and about 30% will not survive past 5 years old (NIH). We are aware of over 7,000 rare diseases and continue to discover more every year. Today's event was to raise awareness of Rare Diseases to the public, but most of all to our state legislators as many decision on the state level have major impacts on those in the Rare Disease community. Speakers of the event mentioned in this episode include...  Maddison Shaw, Founder of Maddie's Herd Vanessa Proctor, the Executive Director of Global Governmental Affairs at AlexionProfessor David Goldhamer, Associate Director of the UCONN Stem Cell InstituteGayle Temkin, Founder of Alyssa’s Angels Fund and mother of child with a glycogen storage disorderDr. David Weinstein, Glycogen Storage Disorder Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical CenterMichelle Cotton, a mother of child with a Fatty Oxidation Disorder (FOD) called SCADD (FODsupport.org)Madison Shaw, Founder of Maddie's HerdDr. Mustafa Kokhura, Yale GeneticsFran Reed, CureGSDYou can learn more about Bill HB6009, An Act to Create a Permanent Rare Disease Advisory Council. Check out DoYourShare.com, a supporting website featuring community stories, an opportunity for those living with a rare disease or those involved in the community to share their story, and ways to get involved in areas ranging from awareness and advocacy to research and donation. Please rate, review and subscribe in iTunes, here's a direct link to the podcast's listing. 
This episode is kicking off a series about infertility. The launch of this series is coinciding with infertility awareness week, April 19-25th, 2020. Over the next few episodes of DNA Today, we will be talking to experts in fertility these include genetic counselors, a couple who went through IVF, even filmmakers who produced a science fiction movie about fertility.Sponsoring the series is LetsGetChecked, check out their home testing kits including fertility, sexual health and others. Receive your own kit for 20% off by using code “DNAToday”.Currently 7.3 million Americans are facing infertility, and we wanted to bring awareness to this, but also education by having these conversations to learn about the science and genetic side, but also the patient side and hearing how infertility has impacted people’s lives and hearing their perspective. So many excited guests coming up!The first guest to launch this series is Lauren Isley, who is a genetic counselor that specializes in fertility and assisted reproductive technologies, known as ART for short. She is a Clinical Science Liaison at Generate Life Sciences (Formerly California Cryobank Life Sciences), a company that provides reproductive tissue and donor gamete services as well as newborn stem cell storage. Lauren is the Chair Elect of the Genetic Counseling Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and former chair of the ART/Infertility SIG of NSGC. Lauren has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Missouri. She went on to earn her Masters of Science in genetic counseling from Wayne State University.On This Episode We Discuss:Roles of a Genetic Counselor in FertilityFertility Technology OptionsCarrier ScreeningIn Vitro Fertilization (IVF)Types of Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT M, SR, A)Information and Limits of PGTsEgg and Sperm Freezing/DonatingDirect-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing impact on gamete donationNext episode we will be continuing this infertility series. Again infertility awareness week is April 19-25th, 2020. You can learn more by going to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act. Their website is resolve.org.You can also check out this blog post from the National Society of Genetic Counselors, “How Genetics Affects Infertility and Miscarriage”.Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today’s infertility series on April 17th, 2020. New episodes are released on the first Friday of the month with some bonus episodes thrown in there. See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.
Erica Ramos is the 2018 President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). She builds products, programs and strategy in the genomics and genetic counseling arenas with expertise in rare disease and predictive genome sequencing. Erica is currently director and head of Clinical & Business Development for Geisinger National Precision Health.This Episode We Discuss:Elevator Pitch of Genetic CounselingRamos’ Career BackgroundGoal of NSGCRamos’ role as President of NSGCBiggest Challenges in the Genetic Counseling Field2018 NSGC Professional Status SurveyExecutive Summary Available to Public94% of GCs who took part in NSGC’s 2018 professional status survey reported being satisfied with the profession.An average full-time GC earns a salary of $88,000 USD.There are over 4,600 certified GCs in North America, this is an increase of 95% compared to the number just 10 years ago in 2008.There are 43 accredited graduate level training programs in North America.Growth rate of the career between 2016-2026 is 29%, the average for all occupations is 7%.2017 NSGC Member Benefits, Needs and Satisfaction SurveyAnnual NSGC Conference, November 2018 in Atlanta, (See you there!)Resources NSGC ProvidesFindAGeneticCounselor.comAboutGeneticCounselors.comGenetic Counselor and You Webinar SeriesNSGC Podcast Series: Leading Voices in Genetic CounselingNSGC Digital Ambassadors (aka The Gene Pool)Twitter List with all of us listedFor updates from Erica Ramos, follow her on Twitter. And explore some of the resources above that NSGC provides the public.Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on October 5th, 2018. New episodes are released on the first and third Fridays of the month. Can’t wait? There are 89 other episodes to explore in the meantime.See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to Kira at info@DNApodcast.com.
On This Episode We Discuss:Services WatershedDNA OffersMotivation Behind Writing “The DNA Guide for Adoptees”Differences in Genealogical Research for Adoptees Compared to General PopulationPreparing to Meet New Biological Family MembersAdvice for DNA Testing Adoptee Related SearchesDNA Testing for Children/Minors to Find Biological RelativesInsight for Adoptee’s Seeking Medical Information via DNA TestingNon-DNA Methods to Search for Lost Biological RelativesMy Heritage’s DNA Quest Project for AdopteesListen to episode #80 with My Heritage’s Rafi Mendelsohn to learn more.Since recording this project has expanded to offer more free kits!Resources for the Adoptee/Donor CommunityFacebook Groups: DNA Detectives and Adoption Search and ReunionAdopteeRightsLaw.comLook out for our “The DNA Guide For Adoptees” book giveaway in the next couple days on social media (links below)!Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today. New episodes are released on the first Friday of the month. See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to Kira Dineen at info@DNApodcast.com.
Listeners, I have a big favor to ask from all of you. The Podcast Award nomination season has begun! It’s a people’s choice type of award. In order to be in the running I need listeners like you to nominate the show. DNA Today was nominated back in 2015 and 2016. It would be such an honor to be nominated again.In order to be in the running though, I need 2 minutes of your time. It’s very simple…Go to PodcastAwards.com and enter “DNA Today” for the Science and Medicine category. That’s it!Now this closes July 31st, 2019. Don’t forget, if you can please go nominate the show if you enjoy listening! It really helps to increase visibility so other people can also benefit from learning through the show. Thanks in advance! I really appreciate the support for the show.The Camden Opioid Research Initiative has a three pronged approach as outlined below.1) A biobank for blood and brain samples taken from people who have died from overdose as well as family members who are interested in donating.2) A prospective clinical study of chronic pain patients to determine the interplay between genetic and biological risk factors for opioid addiction.3) A clinical study of people currently being treated for opioid addiction to investigate what treatments work best for different genetic makeups.Three scientists from the project join me:Dr. Stefan Zajic, the scientific lead on the project.Dr. Kaitlan Baston, the director of Addiction Medicine at Cooper University Health Care.Dr. Russ Buono, a Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.On This Episode We Discuss:-Types of Genetic Testing for Opioid Susceptibility-Non-Genetic Factors to Opioid Dependence-Brain Biobank of Opioid User Tissues-Brain Differences of Opioid Users-Potential Uses of Opioid Genetic ResearchStay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today. New episodes are released on the first Friday of the month. With a few bonus episodes here and there. See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to Kira Dineen at info@DNApodcast.com.
Two leaders from the Coriell Institute for Medical Research join the show to discuss biobanking. Nahid Turan, Chief Laboratory Officer, and Alissa Resch, Chief Scientific Officer, lead separate aspects of the Institute scientific efforts.Coriell is known for its impact in the world of biobanking. If you’ve ordered biological materials in the past for research, there’s a good chance you’ve ordered from them before. In its 65 year history, Coriell has partnered with many federal, private and nonprofit organizations, offering expertise in the collection, processing, storage and distribution of biological materials, and in the process built one of the most diverse and important collections of biomaterials in the world. It’s because of their collection that endeavors like the Human Genome Project were possible and that the science of personalized medicine thrives today.On This Episode We Discuss:Definition of Biobanking and ProcessSample Tissue and Species TypesNumber of SamplesDisease RepresentationApproach to Finding Specific SamplesResearch Access and ShipmentOrganizations, Institutions and Projects SuppliedIncluding the Human Genome Project and the 1,000 Genomes Project!Managing Big Bio DataTo learn more about Coriell head over to their website, specifically their biobanking page. Stay updated with their latest news by following them on Twitter.Stay tuned for the next new episode on April 5th, 2019. This will be the 100th episode of DNA Today! To celebrate I interview Carl Zimmer, a popular science writer for the New York Times and has also contributed to The Atlantic, National Geographic, Time and Scientific America. He has won the Stephen Jay Gould Prize Among many other honors for his journalism. Zimmer teaches science writing at Yale University. His books include Parasite Rex, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, Microcosm and his latest, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh which we will be discussing on next month’s episode. So tune back in on April 5th to hear the interview!New episodes are released on the first Friday of the month. See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Any questions/inquiries are welcome and can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.
Joining me on this episode is Bibaswan Ghoshal. He is a Senior Bioinformatician at the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Health System in Toronto. He has his Master’s of Science in Medicine and finishing his PhD in Bioinformatics, Animal Microbiome and Agriculture from the University of Alberta. On this episode we discuss…The number of microbes in inside us and how they help usFactors/technology that impacted the start of this new fieldDifferences between studying the human microbiome and genomeTechniques/technologies used to study the microbiomeHuman Microbiome ProjectHealthy microbiomesFactors that affect microbiomesVariations between people’s microbiomesMicrobiome researchRole of a bioinformatics analyst in microbiome research Learn more about the microbiome through the University of Utah’s free interactive modules. You can follow Bibaswan on Twitter @bibaswanghoshal  and read his blog at worldofbiba.wordpress.com. Check out the books Bibaswan recommends during the episode: Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter and I Contain Multitudes by Dr. Ed Yong. Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on April 20th, 2018 where I will be interviewing Rafi Mendelsohn about a free DNA test for adoptees and biological families to be reunited. It's offered through April through MyHeritage's DNA Quest. New episodes are released on the first and third Fridays of the month. See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com
Dr. Joanne Kamens discusses gender equality in work environments, specifically in scientific fields and how to have a successful career in science. We talk about the progress made so far, and how much more advances there are to be made. Trailblazers such as Sheryl Sandberg have been increasing awareness for gender work equality with her Lean In movement. Joanne offers her insight why women are not represented equally in CEO, President and other high positions in companies. She comments on the gender pay gap and how companies can work towards closing it. Careers in science include academia and research, but the list doesn't end there. Joanne explains a few non-traditional roles offered at Addgene and other companies. She shares her own experience to finding her current role at Addgene. Networking is key in careers, and Joanne discusses this in her Not Networking video.  LinkedIn Profile Photo Dr. Joanne Kamens is the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share plasmid reagents. We previously talked to her colleague, Dr. Melina Fan about Addgene.Joanne received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007 she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. Dr. Kamens has been raising awareness of women scientists since 1998. She founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science. Dr. Kamens was recognized as one of the 2013 PharmaVoice 100 Most Inspiring and one of the Forty Over 40 Women Making an Impact. 
Patient advocate, Georgia Hurst, shares about the hereditary cancer syndrome that she has, Lynch syndrome. It is an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many types of cancer, particularly cancers of the colon and rectum, and the reproductive organs in woman depending on which of the five Lynch syndrome mutations they hold.Georgia shares about her journey with Lynch syndrome from genetic counseling and genetic testing to find her mutation to risk reducing surgeries and how it has altered her life. New research and treatments in the hereditary cancer syndrome community is also mentioned. Genetic counselors are important in guiding patients through genetic testing. Genetic counselors are valuable resources for helping patient learn about what hereditary cancer syndromes they may have and information for risk reducing surgeries. We highlight the difference between people practicing genetic counseling and certified genetic counselors. Georgia Hurst is a Lynch Syndrome Advocate, with her roles as Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit, IHaveLynchSyndrome.com, a fantastic resource for people to learn about Lynch syndrome and read personal blog posts by Georgia on her experiences. Georgia has Lynch syndrome which is an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many types of cancer, particularly cancers of the colon and rectum, and the reproductive organs in woman depending on which of the five Lynch syndrome mutations they hold. She is a stakeholder in the National Academy of Sciences: Genomics and Population Health Action Collaborative. Her mission is to educate doctors and the public around the globe about Lynch syndrome. 
This episode is part of the crossover series with other podcasts, today’s episode is a crossover with “Advancing Dentistry” also hosted by Kira Dineen. Lauren Winter joins host Kira Dineen on this episode exploring the genetics of dentistry. They are both genetic counseling graduate students, Lauren attends the University of Pittsburgh and Kira attends Sarah Lawrence College. Lauren is a Research Assistant involved in the COHRA2/COHRA Smile Projects at the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics. Lauren and Kira discuss this project and dental genetics in general.On This Episode We Discuss….Role of Genetics in Oral HealthPotential Uses of Genetic Testing in DentistryFactors Contributing to Oral Health Disparities in AppalachiaData Collecting and Analysis of Human Genetics, Oral Microbiome, Oral pH etc.Participant Requirements and Advantages to a Longitudinal ApproachRelationships Between Genetic Factors, Dental Caries/Cavities and BMIPotential Ways for Dentistry and Genetics to MergeLearn more about Lauren’s experience in her role as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics in this blog post. Stay updated by following the CCDC on Facebook and Lauren on Twitter.Want to learn more about dentistry? Be sure to check out “Advancing Dentistry” podcast on Apple, Spotify, and AdDent.com. You can also follow on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. If you are a dentist or part of a dental team take a look through AdDent’s dental instruments and use code “ADPOD15” for 15% off in the store.Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today released on the first Friday of the month with some bonus episode thrown in there. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.
The National Society of Genetic Counselors celebrated 40 years at this year’s annual conference! In 2019, we surpassed having 5,000 genetic counselors in the US/Canada! We now have 45 genetic counseling graduate programs in the US and 40 more international.In this podcast episode we recap highlights from the sessions and tips for new attendees next year. Below are some of our talking points and resources we mentioned in the episode. Also check out #NSGC19 on Twitter to read more insight from the conference.Should All Women With Breast Cancer Be Offered Genetic Testing?Panel: Dr Mark Robson from MSK, Dr Peter Beitsch from the Dallas Surgical Group, Sue Friedman founder of FORCE.Moderators: Dr. Lisa Madlensky from UC San Diego and Dr. David Euhus from Johns HopkinsMain points of the talk included…Clinical utilityInformed consent vs informed assentResearch vs diagnosticConcordant vs discordant resultsAccessibility and information givingProvider education and utilization of genetic counseling skillsetNCCN GuidelinesEmerging Therapies for Adult-Onset Neurologic Diseases: Possibilities, Pitfalls And Patient ImpactDr. Sonia VallabhPrion Alliance’s WebsiteWIRED’s article, “One Couple’s Tireless Crusade to Stop a Genetic Killer”The Guardian’s article, “The Lawyer Who Became A Scientist To Find A Cure For Her Fatal Disease.”Enabling The Beautiful Uncertainty of Life: My Journey With PGT-MLee Cooper, JDLee’s article in STAT News, “Genetic Testing Plus IVF Can Sidestep Genetic Disease And Reduce The Need For High-Priced Therapies.”The Institute For Genetic Disease PreventionIn Utero Stem Cell Transplantation: Historical Context, Present State And The Future Of Fetal Molecular TherapiesBillie Rachael Lianoglou, MS, UCSF Center for Maternal-Fetal Precision MedicineTIME Magazine Feature, “Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs.”Clinical Trial for Alpha Thalassemia MajorUCSF Center for Maternal-Fetal Precision Medicine’s WebsiteHot Topics In Teratology: Zika, Marijuana, and Maternal Therapies For Genetic DiseaseVictoria Wagner, MS, CGC, Myla Ashfaq, CGC, Jennifer Lemons, CGC all from McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas HealthCDC’s Zika General Resources and Pregnancy ResourcesMother To Baby (DNA Today Interview with MTB)Marijuana in Pregnancy Fact SheetConference TipsExhibit hall for networking, free genetics apparel, job board, professional and fun photos.Wear layers because lecture halls are freezing.Lunch sessions are free and sponsored by labs.Prioritize select sessions, there is too much to do everything.Attend a Special Interest Group (SIG), you don’t have to be a member.Follow and join conversations on Twitter (#NSGC19 and #gcchat)Students, job hunt utilizing the job board (in the middle of the exhibit hall) and hand out your resume. If there is a meet up with a specific company/hospital you are interested in working with/at, then go check it out!The PanelMichael Peneycad is a second year graduate student at the Joan H. Marks Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his B.S. in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and spent time as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University before relocating to New York City in 2014. Michael has been involved in many industries including entertainment, events, automotive, and health care in his time before entering graduate school, working with companies such as Spectrum Health Medical Group, Mazda, Jaguar/Land Rover, Chanel, Google, and Target. Michael has also spent years performing in musicals, commercials, and voice-overs during the time between his academic studies. His professional interests include cancer genetics, patient and provider education, and public health initiatives. You can follow Michael on Twitter and Instagram. Go Blue!Ashlyn Enokian is a second year genetic counseling student from Brighton, Michigan. She earned her BS in Biology and a minor in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University in 2017. Her journey into the field of genetic counseling began with advocacy work through Crisis Text Line and Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid. She worked as a genetic counseling assistant in cancer genetics at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, pediatric genetics at the University of Michigan, and laboratory genetics at Progenity, Inc. Ashlyn was previously a genetic graphic design intern at My Gene Counsel. Her professional interests include fertility, neurogenetics, and strategies to increase diversity in the field. She acts as a student representative of Sarah Lawrence College’s Class of 2020. You can follow Ashlyn on Twitter..Kira Dineen hosts DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast (and radio show), which was founded in 2012 and features over 100 episodes interviewing genetic counselors, patient advocates and other genetic experts. The show was nominated in the 2015, 2016 and 2019 Podcast Awards. She also hosts other healthcare podcasts including Working For Health, Advancing Dentistry, and Insight Says: A Mental Health Podcast. Kira is a member of National Society of Genetic Counselors’ Digital Ambassador Program (aka #NSGCGenePool). She received her in Bachelor's of Science degree in Diagnostic Genetics with a Cytogenetics concentration at the University of Connecticut, and has a certification as a Cytogenetic Technologist. Along with Ashlyn, she is a student representation in Sarah Lawrence College’s Genetic Counseling Class of 2020.Want to learn more about Sarah Lawrence College’s Genetic Counseling Program? Come to our open house this Friday (November 15th) from 6-8pmET.Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today. New episodes are released on the first Friday of the month with some bonus episode thrown in there. See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.
Genetic Counselor Matt Burgess join the first episode of 2020 to talk about Australian genetic counseling and being a clinical science liaison. He built one of Australia’s most successful genetic counseling private practices in Melbourne. Matt provided versatile genetic counseling services using a broad scope of knowledge including hereditary cancer, neurogenetics, prenatal genetics, adult, pediatric and cardiac genetics. He earned a graduate degree in genetic counseling from the University of Newcastle and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne. He is currently a Clinical Science Liaison at Baylor Genetics. Matt also hosts another genetics podcast, “Demystifying Genetics”, which makes this is episode part of my crossover series with other genetic podcasts.On This Episode We Discuss:Australian Genetic CounselingNumber of Genetic Counselors and ProgramsMain Areas of PracticeHealthcare System Compared to the United StatesPrivate v. Public Health FacilitiesInsurance and Hospital StructuresCertification ProcessPrivate PracticesRequirements to See A Genetic CounselorIndustry SpecialityRole of a Clinical Science LiaisonThe Advantage of a Clinical BackgroundHow to Support Sales EducationStay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today! New episodes are released on the first Friday of the month with some bonus episode thrown in there. In the meantime, you can listen to 113 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or streaming on the website.See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.
Nevena Hristozova joins me on the show all the way from Brussels! She is in the field of research working with chaperones - stress related proteins, in plants under unfavorable environmental conditions. Nevena maps the molecular interactions of those proteins and their client proteins. We discuss the relationship between chaperons and plants, different types of stress related proteins, chaperons in humans and GMOs.She started her education in Biotechnology in her home country of Bulgaria, then moved to Helsinki for a master's degree in Natural resources, and is now last year PhD student in the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology in Brussels. Nevena's been working on molecular mechanisms of plant resistance and protection against pathogens and environmental conditions.You can check out her blog and follow her on Twitter at @NHristozova.If you are interested in learning about food that contain the highest amount of proteins, check this article out.
Photo Credit: Jodi Bean's Blog Photo Credit: WTTV The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood, where every kid can “raise a little hell.”  Former camper and current camp counselor, Ester Wasserman shares the magic of camp, how it was founded, what it offers campers and her own experience through the years. Check out videos and more information on their website.
Dr. Caroline Dealy of UCONN Health gives an inside scoop about her research on the development of the human skeleton. This regenerative research involves human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cell. Dr. Dealy explains the role of genetics in these stem cells. She shares her insight on these incredible potential medical treatments for people that have lost limbs. We also discuss her role as the director of the Skeletal, Biology and Regeneration Graduate Program and what she is teaching her students in anticipation of how this field is changing. Dr. Caroline Dealy is an associate professor at Uconn Health in the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, Department of Reconstructive Sciences, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Dealy received her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from the UCONN. Dr. Dealy is also a member of the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute and the UConn Stem Cell Institute. She is a faculty member in the Genetics and Developmental Biology Graduate Program. She is the Director of the Skeletal, Biology and Regeneration Graduate Program. Dr. Dealy is a founder of the Connecticut biotechnology startup company Chondrogenics, Inc., and a 2012 Connecticut Women of Innovation Award finalist. She is also the founder and director of the UConn-TIP Technology Intern Program.(Photo and Bio Credit: UCONN Health)
UCONN hosted a free event honoring Henrietta Lacks on September 24th, 2015 at The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. The bestselling author of the book, The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot presented as well as members of the Lacks family. This episode recaps the event and features an interview with descendents of Henrietta Lacks, Kimberly Lacks, granddaughter, and Veronica Spencer, great-granddaughter.
A lesson on what epigenetics is. A news story reveals that long-term endurance training alters the epigenetic pattern of the human skeletal muscle. Dr. Brian Chadwick, Assistant Professor of Biological Science at Florida State University, presented his research of X chromosome inactivation at UCONN and I give the highlights and share how it relates to epigenetics. 
A study finds meditating cancer patients are able to affect the makeup of their DNA, hear how they are able to do this. Learn about the Klinefelter Syndrome, which is the presence of an extra X chromosome in males.
This episode features an interview with Noel Lloyd who is the communications manager from the Alliance for Aging Research. The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. Noel explains how the Alliance advances science and enhances lives through education campaigns and working with legislation.You can read the blog post Noel references about Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative that I discussed last episode of DNA Today along with the 21st Century Cures Initiative blog post. Check out the nonprofit on their website, agingresearch.org, and follow their activties on Twitter @aging_research.
Researchers have identified a genetic mutation accountable for a metabolic disease among Inuits in northern Canada. New research has provided new insight into fragile X syndrome, learn more about the syndrome at fragileX.org. January is National Birth Defect Month! I go over the CDC's top 10 most common birth deffects in the US. Prevention of birth defects is presented. Listen live to my new time on whus.org at 11:30am.
A plant has more foreign DNA, than its own DNA, how is that possible? A new DNA reading device was developed that is a thousands of times smaller than width of a single human hair. How might his change personalized medicine? The effects of caffenine on embryos are explored. 
Dr. Klassen shares his research with fungus-growing ant symbiosis to understand how microbial interaction evolves. He explains how relevant genetics is in his research as well as other research he has done involving gene fragmentation, phylogenetic analysis and drafting genome sequences. We discuss how genome sequencing works and how the technology has advanced in the last 10 years. The device we refer to in the episode is seen below! He explains what students can expect in his spring 2015 Microbial Genomics course (MCB 3895-004). Dr. Klassen is an Assistant Professor at UCONN. He received his PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Alberta and his Postdoctoral Study in the Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has his own lab in UCONN Storrs campus, Klassen Laboratory. Learn more on jonathanklassenlab.com and follow their activities on Twitter @KlassenLab.
Rafi Mendelsohn is the Director of Public Relations and Social Media at MyHeritage. MyHeritage is the largest family history and DNA company that helps consumers to discover their ethnic origins and find new relatives. Their new pro bono initiative, DNA Quest, is currently helping adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing, which we explore in this podcast episode. This offer is only available through the end of April 2018! Apply today for one of 15,000 free DNA kits. Learn more on MyHeritage's blog.  On This Episode We Discuss:-How the project started-Who is eligible and how to apply for this free testing-What is required for the testing-The timeline of the project-The number of people who find their biological relatives through MyHeritage-Information provided in the MyHeritage results-New updates and innovations from My Heritage Don’t forget that April 25th is DNA Day! Check out my episode all about the history of the day and other fun facts.Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on May 4th, 2018 where I will be interviewing patient advocate Irina Brook about her BRCA2 mutation and hereditary breast cancer.New episodes are released on the first and third Fridays of the month. See what else I am up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.
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