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Discover New Advances in the world of genetics, from technology like CRISPR to rare diseases to new research. For over a decade, multi-award winning podcast "DNA Today" has brought you the voices of leaders in genetics. Host Kira Dineen brings her genetics expertise to interview geneticists, genetic counselors, patient advocates, biotech leaders, researchers, and more.

***Best 2020 and 2021 Science and Medicine Podcast Award Winner***

Learn more (and stream all 180+ episodes) at DNApodcast.com. You can contact the show at info@DNApodcast.com.

DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast Kira Dineen

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Discover New Advances in the world of genetics, from technology like CRISPR to rare diseases to new research. For over a decade, multi-award winning podcast "DNA Today" has brought you the voices of leaders in genetics. Host Kira Dineen brings her genetics expertise to interview geneticists, genetic counselors, patient advocates, biotech leaders, researchers, and more.

***Best 2020 and 2021 Science and Medicine Podcast Award Winner***

Learn more (and stream all 180+ episodes) at DNApodcast.com. You can contact the show at info@DNApodcast.com.

    #204 Mosaicism with FUTR Podcast

    #204 Mosaicism with FUTR Podcast

    Are you thinking about a career in genetic counseling? Maybe you are a current student or even a recent grad… Then you have to head over to our social media for a MAJOR giveaway right now! We have assembled 15 genetic counselors, including myself and some other familiar faces/voices. All 15 of us are going to be mentors for a lucky 15 listeners. That’s right you can meet with us for a 1 hour Zoom call for 1:1 mentoring. This is a giveaway so you just go to our Instagram and Twitter, and my LinkedIn to enter for FREE! For 10 extra entries you can leave a rating/review on Spotify or Apple then you email that to info@DNApodcast.com and I will personally give you an extra 10 entries. Shoutout to GC Prep for sponsoring. Use code “DNATODAY” for a discount on their mentor services. (SPONSORED)

    Have you ever wondered why Calico cats look the way they do? Is there a human equivalent? What does our genetic future look like?

    This week we’re featuring an episode of the FUTR Podcast where our host, Kira Dineen, was invited as a guest to chat about mosaicism. We’ve touched on mosaicism on DNA Today in the past, but we really dive into it in this episode!

    FUTR.tv focuses on startups, innovation, culture and the business of emerging tech with weekly podcasts featuring Chris Brandt and Sandesh Patel talking with industry leaders and deep thinkers.
    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Mosaicism
    The genetics of Calico cats
    Sex disorders
    X-chromosome activation
    Cytogenetics
    CRISPR
    The recent overturn of Roe v. Wade

    Keep up with FUTRtech on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube, and listen to their entire library of episodes on a wide range of tech topics here.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on October 7th, 2022, where we’ll be discussing Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency! New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge over 200 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Episodes since 2021 are also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

    DNA Today is hosted and produced by Kira Dineen. Our social media lead is Corinne Merlino. Our video lead is Amanda Andreoli.

    See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website, DNApodcast.com. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.

    Support for DNA Today comes from the People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (also known as PETA), whose scientists have developed the research modernization deal, a strategy to phase out ineffective experiments on animals with high-tech, state-of-the-art research. PETA has collected an abundance of evidence demonstrating that the use of animals in biomedical research hinders scientific progress and puts patients at risk. Learn more at PETA.ord/NewDeal. (SPONSORED)

    TrakGene has designed a genetics electronic health record. Here’s what it features: pedigrees, demographic data, genetics information, risk tools, and sophisticated reporting, all within a clinician designed workflow. It integrates with other clinical genetic software, databases, and hospital information systems to maintain accurate patient records.Go check it out at TrakGene.com. And keep your eye out for our full episode interviews with TrakGene coming soon to DNA Today. (SPONSORED)

    PerkinElmer Genomics is a global leader in genetic testing focusing on rare diseases, inherited disorders, newborn screening, and hereditary cancer. Testing services support the full continuum of care from preconception and prenatal to neonatal, pediatric, and adult. Testing options include sequencing for targeted genes, multiple genes, the whole exome or genome, and copy number variations. Using a simple saliva or blood sample, PerkinElmer Genomics answers complex genetic questions that can proactively inform patient care and end the diagnostic odyssey for families. Learn more at PerkinElmerGenomics.com. (SPONSORED)

    #203 CTNNB1 Syndrome with Effie Parks of Once Upon a Gene

    #203 CTNNB1 Syndrome with Effie Parks of Once Upon a Gene

    Are you thinking about a career in genetic counseling? Maybe you are a current student or even a recent grad… Then you have to head over to our social media for a MAJOR giveaway right now! We have assembled 15 genetic counselors, including myself and some other familiar faces/voices. All 15 of us are going to be mentors for a lucky 15 listeners. That’s right you can meet with us for a 1 hour Zoom call for 1:1 mentoring. This is a giveaway so you just go to our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and my LinkedIn to enter for FREE! For 10 extra entries you can leave a rating/review on Spotify or Apple then you email that to info@DNApodcast.com and I will personally give you an extra 10 entries. Shoutout to GC Prep for sponsoring. Use code “DNATODAY” for a discount on their mentor services. (SPONSORED)

    Our guest this week is fellow genetics podcaster, Effie Parks, to discuss CTNNB1 Syndrome.

    When she learned that her son, Ford, had been born with an extremely rare genetic condition – CTNNB1 syndrome – she dove into the world of advocacy. Now, she is the host of her own podcast, Once Upon A Gene where she speaks to others about their journey through life with rare disease. Since the launch of the podcast, Once Upon A Gene was awarded “Best In Show Podcast” by WEGO Health. Podcast Magazine recognized Effie as one of the 40 Under 40 Podcasters and she has been nominated for two Champion of Hope awards from Global Genes.

    Her mission is to learn, lift voices of the community, connect people to resources and to leave this world better than she found it for others in the rare disease world. Our host, Kira Dineen was recently featured on Episode #143 of Once Upon a Gene where genetic counselors shared impactful rare disease stories!

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Effie’s son Ford’s diagnosis with a rare disorder, CTNNB1 syndrome
    Navigating a condition that only 50 other people in the world had
    How CTNNB1 Syndrome affects the body
    What resources Effie wishes she knew about when Ford was diagnosed
    Advice for other parents in the rare disease space who are thinking about having another child
    Ford’s feature in Beyond The Diagnosis
    Meeting other parents and caregivers of people with rare diseases
    Where people can listen to the podcast

    Effie’s son, Ford, was recently cited as the inspiration for a new, accessible and inclusive playground in Washington, you can read the article here! We also wanted to share this awesome graphic that Effie made that includes a detailed list of different things that people can do to support a rare disease family!

    If Effie’s story piqued your interest, check out this blog post entitled “Life Under the Looking Glass” written by Katie Lloyd about her experience battling postpartum depression all while grappling with a diagnosis.

    To learn more about rare diseases like CTNNB1 Syndrome, visit the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Global Genes, and the EveryLife Foundation. You can follow Effie and Once Upon a Gene on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram!

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on September 30th, 2022 where we’ll be talking to Chris Brandt and Sandesh Patel about Mosaicism! New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge over 200 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Episodes since 2021 are also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

    DNA Today is hosted and produced by Kira Dineen. Our social media lead is Corinne Merlino. Our video lead is Amanda Andreoli.

    See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website, DNApodcast.com. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.

    Support for DNA Today comes from the People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (also known as PETA), whose scientists have developed the research modernization deal, a strategy to phase out ineffectiv

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    #202 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with Ann Martin and Madhuri Hegde

    #202 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with Ann Martin and Madhuri Hegde

    Learn about a genetic disorder called duchenne muscular dystrophy! We explore the genetics of DMD and treatments available with two experts in the field.

    We’re joined by genetic counselor, ​​Ann Martin, who serves as the VP of Community Research and Genetic Services at Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Our other guest is world-renowned geneticist Dr. Madhuri Hegde from PerkinElmer Genomics. She is the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Lab Services at PerkinElmer. You may remember her from Episode 177 of DNA Today, which was a really fun episode where we geeked out on the power of whole genome sequencing!
    Sick of Zoom conferences? The Connecticut Genetic Counselors Association’s first conference is in person! Jackson Laboratory is hosting us on Friday, October 14th in Farmington, CT. Our host, Kira Dineen, will be the moderator for Roe v. Wade Panel where we will be discussing the implications for practicing in a safe harbor state. Other presentation topics include polygenic risk scores, inclusive practice for LGBTQIA+ patients, and billing/credentials. We also built in networking time so we can all chat and get to know each other. Register here!

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    DMD average age of onset, symptoms, and symptom progression
    DMD prevalence and inheritance
    Why it’s important for people to be offered carrier screening before they are trying to conceive
    Reproductive options for people who are carriers of DMD
    What symptoms carriers of DMD are at risk for
    Getting the right testing for DMD
    Current treatment approaches for DMD (EMFLAZA)
    Ongoing clinical trials
    PPMD’s guides for caregivers of newly diagnosed people
    PerkinElmer Genomics’ free testing program, DeCode Duchenne

    If you’re interested in learning more about Decode Duchenne, the free genetic testing, counseling, and education program offered through a joint partnership between PerkinElmer Genomics and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, visit their website.

    We’d also like to feature a paper authored by one of our guests, Dr. Madhuri Hegde, about a single NGS-based assay that is highly sensitive for ​​diagnostic testing for DMD and is also suitable for confirmatory testing for newborn screening for DMD.

    Keep up with our guests on social media! Follow Parent Project MD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Dr. Maduri Hegde on Twitter, and PerkinElmer Genomics on Twitter and Facebook.

    If you found today’s episode topic interesting and you want to learn more about DMD, we also chatted with Rich Horgan of Cure Rare Diseases whose brother has DMD in Episode 156!

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on September 16th 2022, where we’ll be joined by Effie Parks of Once Upon A Gene Podcast to discuss CTNNB1 Syndrome! New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge over 200 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Episodes since 2021 are also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

    DNA Today is hosted and produced by Kira Dineen. Our social media lead is Corinne Merlino. Our video lead is Amanda Andreoli.

    See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website, DNApodcast.com. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.

    Support for DNA Today comes from the People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (also known as PETA), whose scientists have developed the research modernization deal, a strategy to phase out ineffective experiments on animals with high-tech, state-of-the-art research. PETA has collected an abundance of evidence demonstrating that the use of animals in biomedical research hinders scientific progress and puts patients at risk. Learn more at PETA.ord/NewDeal.

    TrakGene has designed a genetics electronic health record. Here’s what it features: pedigrees, demographic data, genetics information, risk tools, and sophi

    #201 Sickle Cell Disease with Lifting the Veil

    #201 Sickle Cell Disease with Lifting the Veil

    It’s Sickle Cell Awareness month, so we are sharing this episode of Lifting the Veil
    podcast where Beveraly Mills and Elaine Buck interview our host, Kira Dineen, about the condition!

    On Lifting the Veil, Beverly and Elaine cover, and uncover, the truth about African-American history. Misconceptions, lies, skewed facts, and untruths about the African-American narrative get straightened out here, once and for all.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Health disparities specifically in black community
    Birth mortality rates of black people
    Funding/support for sickle cell disease research compared to other disease like cystic fibrosis
    Henrietta Lacks’s story and its impact on science, medicine, and her family
    Treatments for sickle cell including bone marrow transplant and CRISPR clinical trials

    You can listen to the episode here, and check out their other episodes on New Pod City. If you’re interested, you can read the article mentioned throughout the interview, “Comparison of US Federal and Foundation Funding of Research for Sickle Cell Disease and Cystic Fibrosis and Factors Associated With Research Productivity,” here!

    Keep up with Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck on LinkedIn, and follow the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum on Twitter, Beverly and Elaine are the co-founders!

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on September 16th, 2022 where we’ll be joined by Ann Martin and Madhuri Hegde to discuss Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge over 200 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Episodes since 2021 are also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

    DNA Today is hosted and produced by Kira Dineen. Our social media lead is Corinne Merlino. Our video lead is Amanda Andreoli.

    See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website, DNApodcast.com. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.

    Support for DNA Today comes from the People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (also known as PETA), whose scientists have developed the research modernization deal, a strategy to phase out ineffective experiments on animals with high-tech, state-of-the-art research. PETA has collected an abundance of evidence demonstrating that the use of animals in biomedical research hinders scientific progress and puts patients at risk. Learn more at PETA.org/NewDeal. (SPONSORED)

    #200 Reflecting on a Decade of DNA Today

    #200 Reflecting on a Decade of DNA Today

    This is a milestone episode for two reasons. As you may have noticed, it’s our 200th episode. Technically we had about 20 episodes prior to numbering them, but these are mini lessons and not really full episodes. These started when we were broadcasting live from WHUS 91.7 FM.

    The other milestone is that September 1st marks 10 years of DNA Today. We released our first episode in 2012. Back then our host and producer, Kira Dineen, was starting her senior year of high school, fast forward a decade and now she has her masters in genetics and has been practicing as a genetic counselor for 2 years! As a high schooler she dreamed of reaching people around the world, little did she think she would be producing DNA Today ten years later with two Podcast Awards, ranking in top 1% of podcasts globally with 40+ sponsors.

    This journey has been incredible. We have had countless guests on the podcast that have brought immense insight into the field of genetics, the life of living with a genetic condition or caring for someone who does, groundbreaking advancements in genetic technology, discussions exploring the ethics surrounding this technology, and so many more important conversations.

    During this episode we are looking back at the last 10 years and 200 episodes. We are featuring your voices. Voices of people that make this show possible. Listeners. Team members. Guests. And more. So you will hear these voice memos sharing people’s favorite episodes, followed by clips from the episodes.

    We want to thank you so much. DNA Today would not be successful without you. It’s your downloads, engagement, and support that keep this show going. We are so passionate about educating the world about genetics, it’s you that keeps us going. I am humbled by your support and honored to be in this role.

    Shoutout to the following listeners, guests, and DNA Today team members for submitting voices memos featured in this celebratory episode: Corinne Merlino, Sophia Saladino, Ashlyn Enokian,
    Katie Lee, Amanda Andreoli, Daniel DeFabio, Faith McCarthy, Laura Markham, Paloma Boeck, Taila Stanford, Sanya Tinaikar, Kajal Patel, and Mahfuz Taofeeq.

    Episodes mentioned include…
    #67 Daniel DeFabio on Disorder: The Rare Disease Film Festival
    #87 Genetic Counseling Grad School Apps (Part 1)
    #97 Genetic Counseling Grad School Interviews, Ranking, Matching (Part 2)
    #101 Genetic Counseling Match Day
    #110 Gattaca, 22 Years Later
    #111: NSGC 2019 Recap
    #123 Infertility Series: Dr. Kara Goldman on Fertility Testing
    #128 DTC Series: Adam Rutherford on How To Argue With A Racist
    #131 DTC Series: Libby Copeland on Law Enforcement Use of Genetic Databases
    #135 NSGC 2020 Recap
    #164 Parkinson’s Disease with the Parkinson’s Foundation
    #166 Beta Thalassemia with Radhika Sawh
    #176 Glee's Lauren Potter on Down Syndrome Awareness
    #191 Overturning Roe v. Wade with Laura Hercher

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on Friday, September 9th where we will be discussing sickle cell disease in honor of the awareness month. Our host Kira Dineen is interviewed by Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck. If you want a sneak preview the episode has been released on their podcast, Lifting the Veil.

    New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge all 200 episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Episodes since 2021 are also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

    DNA Today is hosted and produced by Kira Dineen. Our social media lead is Corinne Merlino. Our video lead is Amanda Andreoli.

    See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website, DNApodcast.com. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.

    PerkinElmer Genomics is a global leader in genetic testing focusing on rare diseases, inherited disorders, newborn screening, and hereditary cancer. Testing services support the full continuum of care fr

    #199 Prostate Cancer Genetics with Heather Cheng

    #199 Prostate Cancer Genetics with Heather Cheng

    We have two special announcements!

    Next episode we will be celebrating a decade of DNA Today! That’s right, we released our first episode on September 1st, 2012. It also coincides with our 200th episode. We want to mark these milestones with you on the show. So send in your favorite episode. You can write it, or better yet, record a voice memo sharing your favorite episode and why you enjoy listening to the show. After all, our podcast would not be possible without you loyal listeners. That’s why we want to celebrate together! Send in your voice memo or written message about your fav episode of DNA Today to info@dnapodcast.com. Deadline is August 27th.

    Thank you to all you listeners for nominating us in the Podcast Awards, you did it! We have officially been nominated. It’s year number 6 being nominated and it might be our third time winning the Best Science and Medicine Podcast Award. BUT that’s only going to happen if you check your email inbox for an email from The Podcast Awards with the subject line, “Podcast Awards Final Slate Voting”'. If you got this email you are one of the few that were selected to be a voter. It’s imperative that you vote! There is a hyperlink to click to get to the voting page. You do have to quickly log back in. Once you do, select DNA Today in the “Science and Medicine category”, select your other fav podcasts and then Hit the “Save Nominations” button. It’s that easy. You have until September 10th to do this, but please do it now if you got the email so you don’t forget!



    In this episode we are educating you about prostate cancer as we are on the cusp of prostate cancer awareness month starting next week. Joining us for this discussion is Dr. Heather Cheng, Director of the Prostate Cancer Genetics Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Associate Professor in the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She focuses on improving the care of patients with prostate and bladder cancers. An expert in prostate cancer genetics, she is studying ways to use genetics to guide the care of prostate cancer patients and their family members who may also be at high risk for the disease.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    The prevalence of prostate cancer
    Signs of hereditary prostate cancer in family history
    Prostate Cancer Registry of Outcomes and Germline Mutations (PROMISE)
    The goals of PROMISE
    Who is eligible to enroll in PROMISE and what is required
    The most common genes that are identified as having a pathogenic variant
    Current treatments available for people with prostate cancer
    The lifetime risk of prostate cancer

    To learn more about the PROMISE study, visit the study website and check out this
    article!

    You can keep up with our guest, Heather Cheng on Twitter, and LinkedIn, and stay up to date with the latest developments in prostate cancer research by following the Prostate Cancer Foundation on Twitter and ​​LinkedIn, and Instagram.

    Next episode of DNA Today on September 2nd, 2022, we are celebrating 200 episodes and 10 years of the show! New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge all our other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Episodes since 2021 are also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

    DNA Today is hosted and produced by Kira Dineen. Our social media lead is Corinne Merlino. Our video lead is Amanda Andreoli.

    See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website, DNApodcast.com. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.

    PerkinElmer Genomics is a global leader in genetic testing focusing on rare diseases, inherited disorders, newborn screening, and hereditary cancer. Testing services support the full continuum of care from prec

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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A great source of info

This podcast is great for listeners who love a good dose of science and a good laugh. Listeners can learn comprehensively about genetics from many different perspectives, or even aspects of genetics if they so desire. Genes and the general new discoveries in this area of science can sound like an intimidating topic, but DNA Today makes it (relatively) easy to understand.

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Excellent!

Kira is a great host who really brings out the most interesting stories and new info from each guest, usually someone who is heavily involved with an industry leading discovery in genetics and science. For me what makes this show extra likeable is that you can for the most part listen in any order and it doesn't matter if you miss the odd episode or two...and the audio quality is fantastic (sometimes not for the guests but I guess that can't be helped).

Anthony D N ,

Pumped for more episodes

Firstly, the intro music gets me PUMPED for the episode ahead! This is my favorite of my science shows and I think I'd put it down to the content always being fresh, and the length of episodes really suits me

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