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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, 58 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.

    #128 DTC Series: Adam Rutherford on How To Argue With A Racist

    #128 DTC Series: Adam Rutherford on How To Argue With A Racist

    Dr. Adam Rutherford is our guest for this second installment of our Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing series. He is a geneticist, author, and broadcaster. Dr. Rutherford has a PhD in Genetics, a degree in evolutionary biology, and is an honorary Research Fellow at UCLA. He was an audio-visual content editor for the journal Nature for a decade, and is a frequent contributor to the newspaper The Guardian. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science program, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries. On TV, he has presented multiple BBC series including The Beauty of Anatomy, The Gene Code, and award winners Playing God and The Cell. Dr. Rutherford has also been a scientific advisor to films including Biophilia Live, World War Z, The Secret Service and Ex Machina (2015). He has authored multiple books including, “A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived” and the book we will be discussing today, “How to Argue With a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference” which is being released this August! Enter our giveaway for a copy of his book on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    How genetics is woven into the history of race
    Discrepancy of papertrails and ancestry reports from DTCs between European and non-European descent
    What DTC companies can do to address this racial disparity
    How genetics of ethnicity contradict Dawkins’ “tyranny of the discontinuous mind” concept
    How is it possible to not be genetically related to an ancestor
    What we can learn by comparing the genomes of African and African-American people
    How consumer ancestry genetic testing affects how we think about our genetic differences
    Olympics reveal of the limitation genetic predisposition
    DTCs contribution to racial reification

    Sponsoring this episode is Advanced Tele-Genetic Counseling (AT-GC) which provides virtual appointments to meet with a certified genetic counselor. These one-on-one conversations can help you understand how your own genetics may play a role in your health. Access to healthcare should not be dependent on where you live, which is why ATGC was founded! You can schedule your telehealth appointment directly on their website.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on August 21st! New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can binge 125 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”.

    See what else we are up to on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website, DNApodcast.com. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! If you can’t wait to see if you've won, head over to Amazon to order your copy. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@DNApodcast.com.

    • 37 min
    #127 DTC Series: Jeanette McCarthy on the Industry

    #127 DTC Series: Jeanette McCarthy on the Industry

    Last chance to nominate DNA Today in the Podcast Awards for the best Science and Medicine. Please take a few minutes to support the show!

    This episode kicks off our Direct-To-Consumer (DTCs) Genetic Testing Series! Check out our previous episodes about DTCs including episode 116, 105, 91, 80, and 56.

    Over this brand new series, we are going to be interviewing a whole bunch of experts including authors Adam Rutherford and Libby Copeland about their new books exploring DTCs and we get to hear directly from companies like Fulgent Genetics, JScreen, and 23andMe. So much more to come over the next few months!

    This series is sponsored by Picture Genetics, who is now offering FDA-authorized COVID-19 test kits. And you don’t have to leave the house, the kits are shipped directly to your home. Ordering takes only a few minutes at picturegenetics.com. Use code “DNATODAY” for 25% and free shipping on all other kits!

    To start off this series, we are joined by Jeanette McCarthy, MPH, PhD, who is a UC Berkeley trained genetic epidemiologist with current faculty positions at UCSF and Duke. Her interests are in educating stakeholders in the area of precision medicine, including healthcare providers and consumers. In 2014, Dr. McCarthy helped launch the first consumer-facing magazine in this field, Genome, where she served as the founding Editor-in-Chief. Dr. McCarthy is also the founder of Precision Medicine Advisors, where she develops and delivers workshops and online courses related to genetic testing.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Top companies in the DTC genetic testing industry
    Differences between patient initiated, physician initiated, and/or medical/clinical grade
    Lesser known areas of testing including pharmacogenomics
    Role of FDA regulation

    Learn more from Dr. Jeanette McCarthy on PrecisionMedicineAdvisors.com. Check out this blog post we mentioned during the episode where Dr. McCarthy explains how the genetic testing industry has developed and some of the recent industry trends and factors impacting its growth.

    Join host Kira Dineen live on Zoom in the Phenotips Speakers Series on July 27th 12pmET! Kira will be hosting the first installment by interviewing Advanced Tele-Genetic Counseling’s Founder Elizabeth Turner about “Adapting to Virtual Care in Genetic Counseling”. Register for free here.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today’s DTC series on August 7th with Dr. Adam Rutherford where we discuss his book How To Argue With A Racist: What Our Genes Do (And Don’t) Say About Human Difference. New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can binge 125 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”.

    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.

    #126 Adam Buchanan on the ABGC Boards Exam

    #126 Adam Buchanan on the ABGC Boards Exam

    Answering your listener submitted questions about the American genetic counseling board exam is the ABGC President, Adam Buchanan, MS, MPH, CGC!

    Aside from this role at American Board of Genetic Counseling, Adam is an associate professor, genetic counselor and Director of the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute. Previously, he was a research associate at Duke Cancer Institute. His clinical expertise includes intimate knowledge of recommended risk management for hereditary cancer syndromes. He is co-leading Geisinger’s MyCode genomic screening program for medically actionable genomic results, and is helping to develop a health services research portfolio on patient-participant, family, and system outcomes of this program.

    This episode is sponsored by PhenoTips. If you are still drawing pedigrees by hand, you are overdue for an upgrade! PhenoTips provides a free digital pedigree drawing tool. Not only is it intuitive and easy-to-use, it’s 2.5 times faster than your pen and paper. And we all know time is very valuable in the clinic. Give it a try at phenotips.com/signup.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Timeframe for the boards
    Structure of the exam
    Study resources
    Content on the exam
    Strategy to approach questions
    Percentage passing rate (Is there one?)
    Results and CGC status
    Accommodating for COVID-19 (Possible Remote Test Taking)
    Inclusivity boards price and questions

    Update: As teased by Adam in this episode, ABGC officially announce the boards exam is also being offered with remote proctoring in August 2020. Read more on their website here.

    Learn more on ABGC’s website, here is the content outline that was referred to throughout this interview. Here is the practice exam for purchase ($55) to access your strengths and weaknesses. Here is a page to learn more about the scoring of the exam and here is a page to see specific passing rates over the last few years.

    During the interview we also reference #ABGCListens tweetchat, which you can read here on Twitter. For other genetic counseling conversation read and participate in #gcchat on Twitter. You can also follow Adam directly on Twitter.

    Next episode of DNA Today is launching the brand new Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing series on July 17th! This series will be sponsored by Fulgent Genetics. New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month with some bonus episodes thrown in there. In the meantime, you can listen to over 125 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or streaming on the website including the previous series about infertility.

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

    Nominate DNA Today in Podcast Awards (Sci&Med)

    Nominate DNA Today in Podcast Awards (Sci&Med)

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    Select “DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast” in the Science & Medicine Category

    It’s that time of year again, the Podcast Awards Nominations opened today (July 1st, 2020)! So I need YOU listeners to get DNA Today nominated at podcastawards.com in the “Science in Medicine” category. Also don’t forget to check off that you would like to participate in the voting round, we will need your support then as well.

    The show has been nominated in 2015, 2016, and 2019, so let’s go for a fourth nomination and a win this 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!

    #125 Infertility Series: Nick Charles on Controversies

    #125 Infertility Series: Nick Charles on Controversies

    Podcast Award Nominations begin July 1st, 2020! Please help DNA Today receive a fourth nomination (and hopefully a win this year!) by visiting PodcastAwards.com and selecting “DNA Today” in the Science and Medicine category. We can only receive a nomination if YOU nominate the show!

    This episode concludes DNA Today’s 7 part infertility series. The first episode kicked off with Lauren Isley who shared about fertility genetic counseling. The next two episodes featured a couple who went through reciprocal IVF to have their daughters (part 1 and 2). Filmmakers of fertility movie ANYA joined the show next. Dr. Kara Goldman followed discussing diagnostic fertility testing. Last episode, Genetic Counselor Jennifer Eccles explained the science behind PGT for polygenic conditions.

    This seventh and final infertility installment explores controversies surrounding fertility with genetic counselor and genetics podcast host, Nick Charles. He is the lead laboratory and quality control counselor at CooperSurgical, a preimplantation genetic testing lab. Prior to working in a laboratory position, he was a prenatal and reproductive genetic counselor at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, counseling patients with high-risk pregnancies and/or fertility issues in the Maternal Fetal Medicine practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in pre-med biology from the University of Scranton and his master’s in human genetics and genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College.

    This episode is also one of our crossovers with another genetics podcast. So be sure to hear the other half of our conversation on Nick’s show, Gene Therapy Podcast. Roles are flipped on his show where Nick interviews Kira about how to utilize social media to learn about genetic counseling, and to network and build a career.

    Sponsoring this episode is Advanced Tele-Genetic Counseling (AT-GC) which provides virtual appointments to meet with a certified genetic counselor. These one-on-one conversations can help you understand how your own genetics may play a role in your health including fertility. Access to healthcare should not be dependent on where you live, which is why ATGC was founded! You can schedule your telehealth appointment directly on their website.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT)
    Appropriate situations and where the line begins to blur
    Medical guidelines and recommendations
    Mosaic Embryos:
    Potential health concerns
    Regulations around implantation
    Situations to select and implant
    Success rate of pregnancies
    Current and future research

    Don’t forget to hear the other half of our conversation on Nick’s show, Gene Therapy Podcast. Just search Gene Therapy podcast in our podcast player or listen on his website. Keep up with the show by following on Twitter and Instagram.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today. New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month (with some bonus episodes thrown in there like this one)! In the meantime, you can listen to 125 episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or streaming on the website.

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

    • 37 min
    #124 Infertility Series: Jennifer Eccles on PGT for Polygenic Conditions

    #124 Infertility Series: Jennifer Eccles on PGT for Polygenic Conditions

    This episode continues DNA Today’s series about infertility. Over the last five episodes of DNA Today, we talked with experts in fertility. On the first episode we heard from Lauren Isley, a genetic counselor about artificial reproductive technologies and the genetic counseling side. We also had the Baileys on the show to share their reciprocal IVF journey in part 1 and part 2. The following episode the filmmakers of ANYA, a science fiction film about fertility. Last episode, Dr. Kara Goldman shared her experience in diagnostic fertility testing.
    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”.
    Jennifer Eccles joins the show to discuss PGT-P, preimplantation genetic testing for polygenic conditions. She is the Head of Genetic Counseling at Genomic Prediction Clinical Laboratory. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in reproductive clinical genetics at institutions like Columbia, Beth Israel Medical Center, and BioReference Laboratories. As a licensed and certified genetic counselor, Jennifer has spent her career discussing genetic testing with individuals and couples at various stages along the path to parenthood. In her current role, Jennifer provides genetic counseling services along with authoring clinical and marketing content. Jennifer's publication history is focused on the patient-facing aspect of genetics and clinical testing. She is also a fellow graduate of Sarah Lawrence’s Human Genetics program.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Types of PGT
    PGT-P for Polygenic Conditions
    Screening vs Diagnostic Testing
    List of Polygenic Conditions Screened
    Polygenic Risk Scores
    PGT-P Steps
    Cost and Insurance
    Genetic Counseling

    Learn more about Genomic Prediction and their PGT-P on their website genomicprediction.com and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

    Stay tuned for the next and final episode of the DNA Today Infertility series! New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can binge 123 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”.

    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.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Asdl123 ,

Great information on advancements in genetics

Great information on advancements in genetics. Kira is very professional and has a variety of speakers and topics. The genetics field is advancing so rapidly, it is nice to have this to help learn about new advancements.

istacotaken ,

Great podcast related to genetics!

Kira picks interesting guests to interview about a broad range of topics related to genetics. She does a wonderful job as an interviewer too.

febmaple ,

Really Interesting

I loved the quality of these podcasts they're very informative and fun to listen to. Nice work :)

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