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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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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.

    #119 Infertility Series: Lauren Isley on Fertility Genetic Counseling

    #119 Infertility Series: Lauren Isley on Fertility Genetic Counseling

    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 Fertility
    Fertility Technology Options
    Carrier Screening
    In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
    Types of Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT M, SR, A)
    Information and Limits of PGTs
    Egg and Sperm Freezing/Donating
    Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing impact on gamete donation

    Next 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.

    • 36 min
    #118 Zaki Sabet on Hematologic Cancers

    #118 Zaki Sabet on Hematologic Cancers

    Zaki Sabet joins the show to discuss issues in the diagnostic process of hematologic cancers. Zaki has been with Precipio since co-founding the company in 2011 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He holds over 15 years of experience in laboratory management spanning all fields of reference laboratory operations primarily focusing on cancer diagnostics, which is the focus of our conversation on this episode. Prior to Precipio, Zaki has served as a consultant with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for many years as well as several diagnostic companies in setting up their specialized cancer testing operations. Zaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Background on Hematologic Cancers including Subtypes
    Frequency of Hematologic Cancers
    Prevalence of Misdiagnosis
    Diagnostic Odyssey for Patients
    Misdiagnosis Impact on Treatment and Disease Course
    Impact of Physician’s Clinical Suspicions on Lab Tests Ordered
    Current Lab Tests to Diagnose
    Precipio’s Solution to Reducing Misdiagnosis with IV-Cell

    Learn more about Precipio on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

    Check out Picture Genetics, a clinical grade DNA testing service where physicians and genetic counselors are involved. These tests are designed for every stage of life, from family planning and newborn health, to personal wellness and disease risk. The test sequences entire genes that are medically actionable. It’s easy to order and understand with good looking reports, live chats, emails and even genetic counseling. To order your Picture Genetics go to PictureGenetics.com use code “DNATODAY” for 25% off and free-shipping!

    Stay tuned for the next episode of DNA Today on April 6th, 2020 which kicks off the fertility series! New episodes are released on the first Friday of the month with some bonus episodes thrown in there. In the meantime, you can listen to over 100 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.

    • 35 min
    #117 Dr. Janina Jeff on African Genomes

    #117 Dr. Janina Jeff on African Genomes

    This episode continues the crossover series with other podcasts. Joining the show is Dr. Janina Jeff, who is a Human Geneticist and the first African American to graduate with a PhD in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Senior Scientist at Illumina, a biotech company that creates technology for companies such as Ancestry.com and 23&Me. Her research career was focused on population genetics, specifically studying admixed populations (descendants with African ancestry) and discovering population specific genetic risk factors of common disease. Her podcast, “In Those Genes”, is a hip-hop inspired show that uses genetics to uncover the lost identities of African Americans.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Inspiration to pursue genetics career
    Diversity advancing research
    Unique aspects of African genomes
    Disparity of health and medicine in Non-European populations
    Ancestry’s Horrendeous Advertisement Romantizing Slavery
    Dr. Jeff’s 46 Chromosomes and a Mule Article
    Real Cost of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
    Becoming the Primary Shareholders of our Genetic Information
    Dr. Jeff’s TEDtalk
    “In Those Genes” Podcast

    Dr. Janina Jeff won Spotify’s “Sounds Up Bootcamp” which helped to launch her new podcast, “In Those Genes” available on Spotify, Apple and all major podcasting apps. Or you can go straight to their website, Twitter, or Instagram (@inthosegenes).

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

    • 34 min
    #116 DNA Ally on Direct To Consumer Genetic Testing

    #116 DNA Ally on Direct To Consumer Genetic Testing

    By the end of 2020, roughly 100 million people will have taken an at-home DNA test, according to MIT Technology Review. To put that into perspective, that’s more than the combined populations of Texas, California and Florida! In this podcast episode we explore considerations of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.


    Guests joining the episodes are from DNA ALLY, the matchmaker between direct-to-consumer genetic test consumers and genetic counselors. Nargol Faravashi, is the Co-Founder of DNA ALLY with a background in genetics and business. She had over 20 years of experience in launching clinical products for genomic companies along with an extensive background in business and marketing.

    Christin Coffeen has been a licensed certified genetic counselor for almost 20 years. She has a background in cancer and prenatal genetic counseling in the clinical setting as well as extensive industry background in medical affairs. She is also a member of DNA ALLY’s board of advisors.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Comprehensiveness of direct to consumer (DTCs) genetic testing tests
    Types of information from genetic testing including
    BRCA1/2 testing
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Carrier status for conditions like Cystic Fibrosis
    Possibility of genetic testing becoming routine testing
    Healthcare provider’s ability to counsel patients on DTCs
    Read more on DNA ALLY’s Blog Post
    DNA ALLY’s solution to the overwhelming demand of counseling on DTCs
    Opportunities for genetic counselors

    Learn more about DNA ALLY on their website and receive 15% off with promo code “DNAToday” on your direct-to-consumer genetic testing session with a genetic counselor.

    Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on March 6th with Dr. Janina Jeff talking about her brand new genetics podcast, In Those Genes! New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can listen to over 100 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or streaming on the website.

    Don’t forget to check back in April for the launch of the first ever series on the show about fertility! Its launch is timed to coincide with infertility awareness week, April 23–29. I’ll be speaking with voices in fertility to explore topics like personal journeys, IVF, conceiving via a donor, media portrayal, genetic counseling, and 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”. 

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

    • 30 min
    #115 Dr. Daria Julkowska on The European Joint Program on Rare Diseases

    #115 Dr. Daria Julkowska on The European Joint Program on Rare Diseases

    Dr. Daria Julkowska joins the show for Rare Disease Month as the Coordinator of the European Joint Program on Rare Diseases. This organization was newly established in January 2019. Daria is of Polish origin but she has lived and worked in France for the last 18 years. She has a PhD in molecular biology and is involved in rare diseases research and management for the last ten years.

    The European Joint Program on Rare Diseases represents 89 partners across the EU and beyond. Internally, the partners include research funders, research institutions and infrastructures, hospitals and of course patient organizations. The program is financed by the EU and the states participating in the project.

    On This Episode We Discuss:
    Motivation to Start the Organization
    Goals for the Rare Disease Community
    Countries Represented
    Rare Disease Visual Platform
    Advancing Rare Disease Research
    Ongoing Research Projects
    Funding for Research
    Combating Exorbitant Costs of Treatments (Ex: Spinraza)
    Rare Disease Day/Month Involvement


    Happy Rare Disease Month! If you are in the US you can get involved by going to the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ website, rarediseases.org. You can find ways to get active on social media and in person events. Learn more about The European Joint Program on Rare Diseases by visiting their website.

    Want to hear more from the rare disease community? Check out all the 20 rare disease episodes of DNA Today here! Recent episodes include #102 Seth Rotberg on Huntington Disease, #98 Lydia Seiders on Aplastic Anemia, and #95 Kieger Family on Familial Adenomatous Polyposis.

    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.

    • 35 min
    #114 Matt Burgess on Australasia Genetic Counseling

    #114 Matt Burgess on Australasia Genetic Counseling

    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 Counseling
    Number of Genetic Counselors and Programs
    Main Areas of Practice
    Healthcare System Compared to the United States
    Private v. Public Health Facilities
    Insurance and Hospital Structures
    Certification Process
    Private Practices
    Requirements to See A Genetic Counselor
    Industry Speciality
    Role of a Clinical Science Liaison
    The Advantage of a Clinical Background
    How to Support Sales Education

    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. 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.

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Customer Reviews

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.

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