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The radio show/podcast educates the public on genetic and public health topics through event coverage, news stories, book/movie reviews, and interviews. Guest include genetic counselors, researchers, patient advocates and professors in the field of genetics.

DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast Kira Dineen

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    • 4.7 • 82 Ratings

The radio show/podcast educates the public on genetic and public health topics through event coverage, news stories, book/movie reviews, and interviews. Guest include genetic counselors, researchers, patient advocates and professors in the field of genetics.

    Nominate "DNA Today" For The Podcast Awards

    Nominate "DNA Today" For The Podcast Awards

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    Select “DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast” in the
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    If you enjoy our episodes we would really appreciate you nominating us in the Podcast Awards. We are hoping to defend our title as the Best Science and Medicine Podcast! In order to do this, we need YOU listeners to get DNA Today nominated at podcastawards.com in the “Science in Medicine” category. The nominations are open now and close at the end of the month on July 31st.

    The show has been nominated four years, including our win last year. This is a people’s choice award which means it’s all about the listener's favorite podcasts. To win we are going to need every single listener to go nominate DNA Today in the Science & Medicine Category.
    If you nominate us and share it on social media, tag us and we will repost it. AND we will give you a shoutout on the podcast/radio show.
    Thank you to all our listeners who have supported us for years and to all the new listeners who have recently tuned in. We look forward to many more years of genetics podcasting ahead of us! Getting nominated in the Podcast Awards helps us grow and find new sponsors so we can continue bringing you more interviews with leaders in genetics.

    #152: Janice Berliner on Brooke’s Promise

    #152: Janice Berliner on Brooke’s Promise

    It’s time to defend our title as the Best 2020 Science and Medicine Podcast! The Podcast Awards Nominations are open! So we need you listeners to get DNA Today nominated at podcastawards.com. We were against very popular podcasts last year, and because of your support we won. To win again, we need all of you to nominate DNA Today in the Science & Medicine category at podcastawards.com by July 31st. If you share your nomination on social media and tag us, we will repost it and give you a shoutout on show! Thank you so much for all your support, let’s win this together!

    Joining our host, Kira Dineen, this week is Janice L. Berliner. She is the Director of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program at Bay Path University and the Author of Brooke's Promise, a novel that follows a family through their journey and struggles as their love is pushed to the test while learning to live with their daughter’s disease.

    Janice has been a genetic counselor for more than 29 years, having earned her MS in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan becoming board-certified in 1993. She has served on the boards of directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), and chaired the 2008 NSGC Annual Education Conference. She has also had the opportunity to be part of the hands-on training of a sizable number of genetic counseling graduate students, has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the NSGC quarterly newsletter, on the editorial board of the Journal of Genetic Counseling, and several committees of the NSGC and AGCPD (Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors). Her second genetics novel is in the works.

    Did you know there is a genetic counselor that specializes in offering care to those in the adoptee community? Brianne Kirkpatrick co-wrote “The DNA Guide for Adoptees” to provide a resource for those in the adoptee community who are utilizing DNA testing to find biological relatives or to seek out medical information. She also started Watershed DNA to offer personalized genetic counseling to directly support people in the aftermath of a surprise DNA discovery. You can hear Brianne share her insight from her book in episode 103 of DNA Today! Learn more at WatershedDNA.com where you can also book your consultation today with Brianne.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    The inspiration behind Brooke’s Promise

    Fertility genetic counselors

    Failure to thrive in newborns

    Pompe disease

    Interpreting carrier screening results

    Resources for parents of babies with genetic disorders

    Preparing for a career in genetic counseling? Check out Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California! At KGI, you will gain the training and development to become an innovative, collaborative, and caring genetic counselor. KGI prepares graduates to be leaders among healthcare professionals dedicated to the delivery of advanced personally-optimized patient care and the translation of applied and clinical science breakthroughs to enhance the quality of life. So if you want to be a genetic counselor, check out KGI at kgi.edu/dnatoday.

    Want to read Brooke’s Promise? Enter our giveaway to win your own copy! Head over to our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts to enter our giveaway to win one of five free copies.

    To learn more about Janice and Brooke’s Promise, visit her ​​website, or check her out on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on August 6th, 2021 with Dr. Dayan Goodenowe about the genetics of dementia! New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can binge over 150 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Brand new in 2021, episodes are now

    #151: Richard Michelmore and Brad Pollock on COVID-19 Variants

    #151: Richard Michelmore and Brad Pollock on COVID-19 Variants

    COVID-19 variant genotyping is explored with the Director of the UC Davis
    Genome Center and Healthy Davis Together project.

    #150 Euan Ashley and Stephen Quake on The Genome Odyssey

    #150 Euan Ashley and Stephen Quake on The Genome Odyssey

    This marks the 150th episode of DNA Today! Our guests to celebrate this landmark episode of DNA Today are Dr. Euan Ashley, a medical geneticist and cardiologist. And Dr. Stephen Quake, a physics professor, bioengineer and pioneer in microfluidics.

    A Scotland native, Dr. Euan Ashley graduated with degrees in Physiology and Medicine from the University of Glasgow. He completed medical residency and a PhD in molecular physiology at the University of Oxford before moving to Stanford University where he trained in cardiology and advanced heart failure, joining the faculty in 2006. In 2010, he led the team that carried out the first clinical interpretation of a human genome. The paper published in the Lancet was the focus of over 300 news stories, and became one of the most cited articles in clinical medicine that year. The team extended the approach in 2011 to a family of four and now routinely applies genome sequencing to the diagnosis of patients at Stanford hospital where Dr. Ashley directs the Clinical Genome Service and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. In 2014, Dr Ashley became co-chair of the steering committee of the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network.

    Stephen Quake is a professor of bioengineering and applied physics at Stanford University and is co-President of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. He holds a B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University and a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from the University of Oxford. Dr. Quake has invented many measurement tools for biology, including new DNA sequencing technologies that have enabled rapid analysis of the human genome and microfluidic automation that allows scientists to efficiently isolate individual cells and decipher their genetic code. Dr. Quake is also well known for inventing new diagnostic tools, including the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome and other aneuploidies. His test is rapidly replacing risky invasive approaches such as amniocentesis, and millions of women each year now benefit from this approach. He was also the fifth person in the world to have their genome sequences and his genome was the subject of clinical annotation by a large team at Stanford Hospital led by Dr. Ashley.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    The first clinical interpretation of a human genome
    Genome sequencing technologies
    The cost of sequencing a genome
    Understanding the genomic code
    The future of precision medicine
    Dr. Ashley’s book, The Genome Odyssey

    Want to read the Genome Odyssey? Enter to win your own copy! Head over to our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to enter to win a free book!

    Be sure to follow Dr. Ashley and Dr. Quake on Twitter!

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    Want to become a genetic counselor? Looking for ways to engage with the field and boost your resume for grad school applications? Then you should check out Sarah Lawrence’s “Why Genetic Counseling Wednesday Summer Series”! Every Wednesday this June Sarah Lawrence is hosting this series where you can interact through Zoom with genetic counselors from different specialties for an hour and a half. You can sign up at SLC.edu/DNAtoday to register to level up your resume for a

    #149 CF Series: Gunnar Esiason on Patient Advocacy

    #149 CF Series: Gunnar Esiason on Patient Advocacy

    Sponsoring this cystic fibrosis series is Picture Genetics, a unique DNA testing service, with tests designed for every stage of life -- including family planning. With a Picture Parenting carrier test, you can uncover genetic conditions that may be passed on to your kids such as cystic fibrosis. Unlike other companies, this is a clinical grade test where physicians and genetic counselors are involved. It’s easy to order and understand with good looking reports! To order your Picture Genetics test, go to picturegenetics.com and use code “DNATODAY” for 25% off and free-shipping! Get actionable genetic insights today to benefit your family of tomorrow.
    On the third and final episode of our cystic fibrosis podcast series, our host Kira Dineen is joined by Gunnar Esiason who shares about his experience as a patient with CF. Gunnar is a cystic fibrosis and rare disease patient leader, who is passionate about early stage drug development, patient empowerment and health policy. He is a second-year MBA student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is also working towards a Master of Public Health degree at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. His first year course work included a First-Year Project with a health insurance start-up. Prior to Tuck, Gunnar received a BA form Boston College in 2013, worked on an enteral feeding product at a medical nutrition company, and was appointed to the board of directors at the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Gunnar maintains the roles of patient advocate and director of patient outreach at the Boomer Esiason Foundation, named after his NFL quarterback father. He has consulted on clinical trial development, a real world evidence population health study, and a cystic fibrosis-specific mental health and wellness screening tool.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Gunnar’s diagnosis and journey with CF
    The anatomy of a CF care team
    CF awareness and treatments around the world
    Balancing CF with school, work, and relationships
    How COVID-19 had affected CF patients
    Connecting and interacting with people in the CF community

    You can learn more about Gunnar and his story on his website and check out this article reflecting back on Gunnar and Boomer Esiason’s Sports Illustrated cover. Be sure to follow Gunnar on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

    Don’t forget to enter our cystic fibrosis giveaway of the book, “Breath From Salt”. The author, Bijal P. Trivedi, was on our first episode of the cystic fibrosis podcast series. Head over to our Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook to enter to win a free copy!

    Stay tuned for the 150th DNA Today on June 18th! New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can binge over 150 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Brand new in 2021, episodes are now also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

    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.

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    #148 CF Series: Shuling Guo on Pharmaceuticals

    #148 CF Series: Shuling Guo on Pharmaceuticals

    Get a shoutout on the podcast by nominating DNA Today for the Quill Podcast Awards for the “Best Health Podcast”. Share your nomination on social media and tag us. In return, we will thank you personally on the show, you can also comment on our posts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Nominate in this form!

    Sponsoring this series is Picture Genetics, a unique DNA testing service, with tests designed for every stage of life -- including family planning. With a Picture Parenting carrier test, you can uncover genetic conditions that may be passed on to your kids such as cystic fibrosis. Unlike other companies, this is a clinical grade test where physicians and genetic counselors are involved. It’s easy to order and understand with good looking reports! To order your Picture Genetics test, go to picturegenetics.com and use code “DNATODAY”for 25% off and free-shipping! Get actionable genetic insights today to benefit your family of tomorrow.
    To continue our cystic fibrosis podcast series, Dr. Shuling Guo joins our host Kira Dineen, to discuss drug discovery efforts in cystic fibrosis. She is the VP of Antisense Drug Discovery at Ionis Pharmaceuticals – the leader in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development.
    Shuling is an Ionis veteran of over a dozen years (first and only industry job). Shuling received her Ph.D. in Molecular Cancer Biology from Duke University and had her postdoctoral training at HHMI/UCLA. At Ionis, Dr. Guo oversees drug discovery efforts in hematological, metabolic, ocular, pulmonary and renal disease areas as well as research efforts in noncoding RNA field; managing activities from target identification and target validation to the selection of human development candidate. In addition, she is involved in clinical development of antisense therapies. Her achievements include leading the research efforts for transthyretin (familial amyloid polyneuropathy, completed phase 3 clinical trial & under NDA), TMPRSS6 (beta-thalassemia and hereditary hemochromatosis, phase 1 clinical trial), and ENaC (cystic fibrosis, preclinical development).

    Want to become a genetic counselor? Looking for ways to engage with the field and boost your resume for grad school applications? Then you should check out Sarah Lawrence’s “Why Genetic Counseling Wednesday Summer Series”! Every Wednesday this June Sarah Lawrence is hosting this series where you can interact through Zoom with genetic counselors from different specialties for an hour and a half. It kicks off on June 2nd! Register today on Sarah Lawrence’s website to level up your resume for applications in the fall.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Defining cystic fibrosis (CF)
    How CFTR protein functions in the lung, difference in lung of CF patients
    Current drugs on the market for CF
    Research and development on a drug through Ionis
    Antisense medicine and how it works in the body
    Other respiratory diseases that could benefit from this treatment
    The timeline for FDA-approval and commercial availability of this drug
    For more information about Ionis’ new cystic fibrosis drug development (IONIS-ENAC-2.5Rx), check out their press release here. You can learn more about Ionis on their website and follow Dr. Shuling Guo on LinkedIn.

    Don’t forget to enter our cystic fibrosis giveaway of the book, “Breath From Salt”. The author, Bijal P. Trivedi, was on our first episode of the cystic fibrosis podcast series. Head over to our Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook to enter to win a free copy!

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on June 4th, 2021! We will be joined by Gunnar Esiason, patient advocate, for the third and final episode of our CF series! New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can binge over 150 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website,

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Mxsandy12 ,

Fascinating pod

Wonderful knowledge and interesting interviews! I’m hooked!

jplg1628 ,

Great podcast

Excellent content, really great guests!! So many interesting topics in genetics

DenisPeter7 ,

Engaging Topics!

Really interesting show! Love hearing from genetic counselors and the patient advocates 🤓

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