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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***

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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.

    #196 Mitochondrial disorders with Devin Shuman and Lissa Poincenot

    #196 Mitochondrial disorders with Devin Shuman and Lissa Poincenot

    This week we are joined by two mitochondrial experts who are very active in the rare disease community. We are focusing our conversation on a condition called Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON).

    Lissa Poincenot is a patient advocate with the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and she has a son that has been diagnosed with LHON. Devin Shuman (she/her) is a genetic counselor at Genetic Support Foundation who also has a nano-rare mitochondrial disorder called GUK1.

    Lissa received a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, and an MBA from UCLA. Her professional career was devoted to developing and leading marketing teams at various large companies. In 2008 Lissa’s oldest son, Jeremy, suddenly became legally blind at age 19 due to a rare mitochondrial disorder called Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). Jeremy has become a World Blind Golf Champion and Professional Inspirational Speaker. Lissa is a passionate LHON Advocate, devoted to advancing the science, educating about the disorder, and developing a vibrant, collaborative LHON community. She resides in Carlsbad, California.

    Devin received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in 2014 and her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of California, Irvine in 2017. She currently resides in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to her role at Genetic Support Foundation, Devin currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the GRIN2B Foundation and volunteers as the Young Adult Coordinator for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Her prior genetic counseling roles have included working at a telehealth genetic counseling company, a high-risk maternal fetal medicine clinic, a neurodevelopmental clinic, and an autism family registry. Devin is passionate about rare disease advocacy, public speaking, and inclusive care for LGBT and disability communities. On a typical Friday night, you’ll find Devin running a virtual support group for teens with mitochondrial disease – often with her Flemish giant rabbit or African grey parrot making an appearance.

    On This Episode We Discuss:

    Function of the mitochondria
    General symptoms that people with mitochondrial disorders experience
    How mitochondrial DNA impacts the inheritance pattern of mitochondrial conditions
    How the percentage of affected mitochondria correlates with the severity of symptoms
    Jeremy’s journey to a LHON diagnosis
    The percentage of people with the pathogenic variant for LHON that experience blindness
    Why people assigned as male at birth are more likely to be affected by LHON than people assigned female at birth
    Treatments available and clinical trials underway
    Devin’s diagnostic odyssey and her unique perspective as a genetic counselor/patient advocate
    The support group that Devin leads for teens with mitochondrial disorders

    To learn more about mitochondrial disorders, visit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, MitoAction, and the Mitochondrial Medicine Society. You can also check out Devin’s Ted-Ed Mitochondrial DNA talk, read about mitochondrial donation, and watch this video about mitochondrial fission and fusion.

    To learn more about Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy specifically, visit the LHON website, and check out the LHON Facebook group. In this episode, we mentioned some of the support groups that Devin leads. If you have a mitochondrial disorder and want to connect to others in the community, check out the Facebook support groups for teens-20s and 20s-40s. Devin also runs a weekly Zoom support call for ages 16-35, you can register here.

    Be sure to check out FreshCrayons on Etsy for your own mitochondrial plushy pillow that Devin showed off in the video! And enter our giveaway for a mitochondrial sweatshirt on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

    If you found this episode topic interesting, check out episode 170 for more info about mitochondrial disorders, specifically primary mitochondrial

    #195 The Genetic Testing Industry with Tod Klingler

    #195 The Genetic Testing Industry with Tod Klingler

    Help us to defend our title as the Best Science and Medicine Podcast! Go to podcastawards.com and select “DNA Today” in the Science and Medicine category. Bonus if you tweet/post that you nominated DNA Today (and tag us), then we will share your post and give you a shoutout on the show as a thank you. You have the power to get DNA Today nominated again!

    Our guest this week is Dr.Tod Klingler, who is the head of product research and development at Genomic Life. Over his 25-year career, Dr. Klingler has held leadership roles with organizations that have successfully developed and commercialized innovative products including Illumina, Roche, XDx (now CareDx) and Incyte. Dr. Klingler has also founded start-up companies such as Prospect Genomics and Station X. On this episode, he shares insights from his decades long career in the industry!

    Disclaimer: DNA Today is sponsored by some genetic companies. You can view the full list of DNA Today sponsors at DNApodcast.com/sponsors.

    Since we are both US based our conversation will focus on the industry in America.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Changes in genetic testing trends over the last few decades
    The benefits of companies shifting from specializing in specific types of genetic tests to expanding into multiple areas of genetics
    How laws, professional organization guidelines/recommendations and insurance changes affect genetic testing labs
    The role of genetic counseling companies in the future
    Types of genetic testing (ex: Liquid Biopsies, PRS, WGS)
    Advice for genomic companies on best practices to become successful
    Recommendations for resources for people to keep up with industry changes

    In this episode, Tod shared some recommendations for resources for people to keep up with all of these genetic testing industry changes which you can access here: GenomeWeb, GA for GH, and Genome.gov! You can also check out the PGx legislation and HR 2144 that were mentioned during the interview.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on August 5th, 2022 ! New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge over 190 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 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)

    #194 Genetic Counseling Application Advice with GC Prep: Part 2

    #194 Genetic Counseling Application Advice with GC Prep: Part 2

    Help us to defend our title as the Best Science and Medicine Podcast! Go to podcastawards.com and select “DNA Today” in the Science and Medicine category. Bonus if you tweet/post that you nominated DNA Today (and tag us), then we will share your post and give you a shoutout on the show as a thank you. You have the power to get DNA Today nominated again!

    This week we’re continuing our Q and A discussion on genetic counseling program apps with Mikayla Stoecker, Founder & CEO of GC Prep, and Janelle Villiers, co-owner of GC Prep. Be sure to check out part 1 of our Q and A from last week, and if you want even more insight about genetic counseling grad apps and preparing for the first year check out episodes 87, 97, 101, and 155 of DNA Today!

    Janelle Villiers (she/ella) is an Assistant Program Director as well as an alumna of the Sarah Lawrence College Genetic Counseling Program. She received her BAS from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to SLC, Janelle worked in the clinical setting as a clinical supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center. She later worked in the laboratory setting at the Mt. Sinai Genetics Testing Laboratory. She was a former site visitor volunteer for the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) and was also the former treasurer for the executive committee of the Association for Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD). In addition to teaching, Janelle’s oversees the admissions and recruitment efforts for the Sarah Lawrence Program. Janelle is also on the faculty of New York Medical College where she is involved in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

    Mikayla Stoecker (she/her) graduated in 2014 with a Masters of Genetic Counseling from the Icahn School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology, with a minor in Molecular Biology from Brigham Young University, where she developed a passion for genetics and for teaching. Mikayla’s primary specialties are clinical prenatal counseling, patient-facing laboratory counseling, and most recently lab analysis. She is licensed in 9 states and has worked on projects involving whole genome sequencing, research study consenting, COVID antibody testing patient support, and educational video development. Mikayla is passionate about the need for increased valuation of counselors and flexible work options, especially for those in caregiving roles, as the field of genetic counseling expands to meet the exponential testing needs of patients. Mikayla lives in Colorado and has two young children.

    Listener Questions Answered:
    How should you talk about low grades or GPA in your application?
    Do you have any advice/resources for navigating financial aid?
    What’s one thing you wished you did differently?
    What advice do you have for BIPOC applicants?

    Shoutout to Isabella, Hope, Emily and other listeners for submitting our discussion questions! Don’t forget to listen to part one of this conversation in last week’s episode 193.

    Resources that were mentioned in the episode include GOLDEN and the Minority Genetic Professional Network.

    Stay up to date on the latest opportunities and events happening at GC Prep by following them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram!

    Be sure to check out GC Prep for more insight and mentorship as you apply to genetic counseling programs. And since you are a DNA Today listener, you can use promo code “DNATODAY” at gcprepllc.com for 20% off.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on July 29th, 2022! New episodes are released on Fridays. In the meantime, you can binge over 190 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. Ou

    #193 Genetic Counseling Application Advice with GC Prep: Part 1

    #193 Genetic Counseling Application Advice with GC Prep: Part 1

    Help us to defend our title as the Best Science and Medicine Podcast! Go to podcastawards.com and select “DNA Today” in the Science and Medicine category. Bonus if you tweet/post that you nominated DNA Today (and tag us), then we will share your post and give you a shoutout on the show as a thank you. You have the power to get DNA Today nominated again!

    Y’all asked and we answered! Some of our most popular episodes are about the genetic counseling application process, so we are doing a QnA about it in this episode. If you want even more insight about genetic counseling grad apps and preparing for the first year check out episodes 87, 97, 101, and 155 of DNA Today.

    Our guests for this episode are Mikayla Stoecker, Founder & CEO of GC Prep, and Janelle Villiers, co-owner of GC Prep.

    Janelle Villiers (she/ella) is an Assistant Program Director as well as an alumna of the Sarah Lawrence College Genetic Counseling Program. She received her BAS from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to SLC, Janelle worked in the clinical setting as a clinical supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center. She later worked in the laboratory setting at the Mt. Sinai Genetics Testing Laboratory. She was a former site visitor volunteer for the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) and was also the former treasurer for the executive committee of the Association for Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD). In addition to teaching, Janelle’s oversees the admissions and recruitment efforts for the Sarah Lawrence Program. Janelle is also on the faculty of New York Medical College where she is involved in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

    Mikayla Stoecker (she/her) graduated in 2014 with a Masters of Genetic Counseling from the Icahn School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology, with a minor in Molecular Biology from Brigham Young University, where she developed a passion for genetics and for teaching. Mikayla’s primary specialties are clinical prenatal counseling, patient-facing laboratory counseling, and most recently lab analysis. She is licensed in 9 states and has worked on projects involving whole genome sequencing, research study consenting, COVID antibody testing patient support, and educational video development. Mikayla is passionate about the need for increased valuation of counselors and flexible work options, especially for those in caregiving roles, as the field of genetic counseling expands to meet the exponential testing needs of patients. Mikayla lives in Colorado and has two young children.
    Listener Questions Answered:
    What activities, classes stand out in applications?
    How much shadowing or informational interviews are an acceptable amount?
    What factors were important to you when you were narrowing down what schools to apply to?
    How common are campus visits in grad school, and how do you recommend setting one up?
    Advice on how to craft a personal statement? What are the different approaches?
    For reapplicants, how should you showcase growth between app cycles?

    Shoutout to Ashley, Maya, Vivian, Leah, Bernabe, Hannah, Molly, Emily, Rachna, and Crystal for submitting our discussion questions! Don’t forget to tune in next week to part two of this conversation to see if we answer your question!

    Stay up to date on the latest opportunities and events happening at GC Prep by following them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram!

    Be sure to check out GC Prep for more insight and mentorship as you apply to genetic counseling programs. And since you are a DNA Today listener, you can use promo code “DNATODAY” at www.gcprepllc.com for 20% off.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on July 22nd, 2022 where we’ll continue this conversation with Janelle and Mikayla and answer more of your questions about GC program applications! New episodes are released on Fridays. In the me

    #192 Osteogenesis Imperfecta with The Middle’s Atticus Shaffer

    #192 Osteogenesis Imperfecta with The Middle’s Atticus Shaffer

    Atticus Shaffer of The Middle on ABC discusses life with osteogenesis
    imperfecta and his acting career.

    Nominate "DNA Today" For 2022 Podcast Award

    Nominate "DNA Today" For 2022 Podcast Award

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

    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. But don’t wait, do it now so you don’t forget.

    The show has been nominated five years, including winning the last two years. 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 nominate “DNA Today” in the Science & Medicine Category. That’s because we are up against popular podcasts with huge production companies, so as a small independent podcast, we rely on each and every one of you to get nominated and hopefully win again!
    If you nominate us and share it on social media, tag us so we can repost it. Bonus: We will also give you a shoutout on the podcast/radio show.
    Thank you to all our listeners who have supported us for the last 10 years, that’s right. “DNA Today” is turning 10 this September. We also want to thank new listeners for inviting us into your earbuds, thanks for joining our nerdy community. So what better way to celebrate a decade of “DNA Today” than to defend our title as theBest Science and Medicine Podcast Award! 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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

hannahjoy527 ,

Great Podcast

I was super excited to find a podcast that goes so in depth on genetics. Also, as a genetics major and aspiring genetic counselor, this show helps me stay up to date on all the latest genetic technologies and research.

-----julieee----- ,

So informative!!

I absolutely love DNA Today. As an aspiring Genetic Counselor, I find this podcast to be a great way to stay on top of what’s happening in the field while making it enjoyable! Kira is a great host that ensures all listeners will understand the content.

Ashlynd Tuffentsamer ,

This is a Must Listen ✨

Wow — I can see why this podcast holds the awarded title for best Science and Medicine podcast! Kira is an incredibly knowledgeable and inviting host. Ive learned something new each listen! Highly recommend.

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