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Genetics isn’t always black and white. News stories related to genetics often raise more questions than they answer. On Genotypecast, we bring you insight from genetic counselors.
Your host, Eleanor Griffith, MS, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor and the founder of Grey Genetics, an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting service.

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Genetics isn’t always black and white. News stories related to genetics often raise more questions than they answer. On Genotypecast, we bring you insight from genetic counselors.
Your host, Eleanor Griffith, MS, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor and the founder of Grey Genetics, an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting service.

    Addressing Health Disparities in Sickle Cell Disease

    Addressing Health Disparities in Sickle Cell Disease

    Certified genetic counselor Barbara W. Harrison discusses how racism impacts the health disparities in Sickle Cell Disease, gene therapies in development, and how these developments are being received by the Sickle Cell Disease Community.

    Follow Barbara on Twitter: @Barb_DNA_GC

    Find Barbara on LinkedIn



    Related Articles and Resources:

    Alexandra Power-Hays, M.D. and Patrick T. McGann, M.D. “When Actions Speak Louder Than Words — Racism and Sickle Cell Disease.” N Engl J Med 2020; 383:1902-1903

    Farooq F. et al. "Comparison of US Federal and Foundation Funding of Research for Sickle Cell Disease and Cystic Fibrosis and Factors Associated with Research Productivity. "JAMA Netw Open. 2020; 3(3):e201737

    Cure Sickle Cell Initiative

    Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

    Patient Stories Podcast episode: “Invisible and Unpredictable” - interview with Mary Adenturinmo

    "1st Patients To Get CRISPR Gene-Editing Treatment Continue To Thrive." Morning Edition, NPR News, December 15, 2020.



    Do you have questions or topics you’d like a genetic counselor to discuss on a future episode ?

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    Grey Genetics is an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting company. Book an appointment with a genetic counselor specialized in your area of concern. All genetic counseling appointments take place over secure, HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing or by phone.



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    • 16 min
    Race-Based Medicine is Bad Medicine

    Race-Based Medicine is Bad Medicine

    Elizabeth Fieg, MS, CGC expands on her recent Twitter thread, discussing the problems with using categories of race and ancestry to guide test selection in pharmacogenomics and more broadly in medical genetics. She explains how a broader approach to testing is more equitable and can also be more cost-effective.



    Related Articles and Resources:

    Follow Elizabeth on Twitter: @ElizFiegCGC

    Elizabeth’s twitter thread on race and pharmacogenomics

    Elizabeth’s interview for the AliveAndKickin podcast (09/30/20)

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Pharmacogenomics Clinic

    Yudell M, et al. “NIH must confront the use of race in science.” Science  11 Sep 2020: Vol. 369, Issue 6509, pp. 1313-1314

    Vyas DA, et al. “Hidden in Plain Sight — Reconsidering the Use of Race Correction in Clinical Algorithms.” August 27, 2020. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020; 383:874-882



    Do you have questions or topics you’d like a genetic counselor to discuss on a future episode ?

    Leave us a short voice message here! We may use your message on a future show. You can also email us at podcast@greygenetics.com



    Are you looking for genetic counseling?

    Grey Genetics is an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting company. Book an appointment with a genetic counselor specialized in your area of concern. All genetic counseling appointments take place over secure, HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing or by phone.

    Grey Genetics on Twitter: @GreyGenetics

    Grey Genetics on Instagram: @greygenetics

    Grey Genetics on Facebook

    Grey Genetics on LinkedIn

    • 16 min
    The Promise of Gene Therapy in Ocular Genetics

    The Promise of Gene Therapy in Ocular Genetics

    Naomi Wagner, MS, CGC dives into the topic of gene therapy, explaining why ocular genetics is an especially promising area for gene therapy and how discussion of gene therapy with patients is a routine part of her practice in providing telehealth genetic counseling services for ocular conditions. She also provides some perspective on just how long it can take for a gene therapy to become available, genetic counselors’ actual and potential roles in gene therapy trials, and the ethical and social issues surrounding gene therapy.

    Find Naomi on Twitter: @Naomi_CGC



    Related Articles and Resources:

    American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

    ClinicalTrials.gov

    My Retina Tracker Registry

    Global Patient Registry for Refsum Disease

    CF Foundation Patient Registry



    Do you have questions or topics you’d like a genetic counselor to discuss on a future episode ?

    Leave us a short voice message here! We may use your message on a future show.



    Are you looking for genetic counseling?

    Grey Genetics is an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting company. Book an appointment with a genetic counselor specialized in your area of concern. All genetic counseling appointments take place over secure, HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing or by phone.

    Grey Genetics on Twitter: @GreyGenetics

    Grey Genetics on Instagram: @greygenetics

    Grey Genetics on Facebook

    Grey Genetics on LinkedIn

    • 16 min
    NCCN Guidelines & Expanded Recommendations for Germline Testing Based on Tumor Genomic Testing Results

    NCCN Guidelines & Expanded Recommendations for Germline Testing Based on Tumor Genomic Testing Results

    Karen Huelsman MS, LGC discusses recent NCCN guideline updates which expand  genetic testing criteria (for high-penetrance hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer susceptibility genes) to include any mutation identified on tumor  testing that has clinical implications if also identified in the germline. She discusses these updated recommendations in the context of the evolution of tumor genomic testing, commercially available paired tumor testing, and her role as a Precision Medicine Oncology Genetic Counselor.

    Find Karen on Twitter: @Karen_GC_Cincin and on LinkedIn



    Related Links and Resources

    NCCN Guidelines: Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancer (free to access but requires login)

    Fassi, Emily. “NCCN Guidelines: Recent updates to the Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment for Breast, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancers (version 1.2021).” September 28, 2020. Grey Genetics News Corner.

    TriHealth Genetic Counseling in Cincinnati, OH



    Do you have questions or topics you’d like a genetic counselor to discuss on a future episode ?

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    Are you looking for genetic counseling?

    Grey Genetics is an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting company. Book an appointment with a genetic counselor specialized in your area of concern. All genetic counseling appointments take place over secure, HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing or by phone.

    Grey Genetics on Twitter: @GreyGenetics

    Grey Genetics on Instagram: @greygenetics

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    • 15 min
    When a NYT Article Stirs up Confusion about Reproductive Genetics

    When a NYT Article Stirs up Confusion about Reproductive Genetics

    Certified genetic counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick discusses the recent New York Times article “When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away.” How surprising is this story? What are the implications for law enforcement? Should a bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipient be worried about passing on their donor’s DNA rather than their own DNA to any children they may have? (Spoiler alert.. No… Brianne will explain why.)


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    Article Discussed

    Murphy, Heather. “When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away.” New York Times, December 7, 2019. 

    Kirkpatrick, Brianne. “Responding to the New York Times coverage of the case of a bone marrow recipient with altered DNA results.” WatershedDNA blog. December 9, 2019. 

    Related Resources

    Genotypecast episode - DNA Donations: Implications to Consider

    Kirkpatrick, Brianne. “How to test your DNA (even if you’ve had a stem cell transplant).” WatershedDNA blog. November 13, 2018.  

    Kirkpatrick, Brianne. “Umbilical Cord Blood Donation and Ancestry Testing.” WatershedDNA blog. September 9, 2019. 



    Brianne’s blog

    Watershed DNA Resources & DNA Surprise Stories

    Book an appointment with Brianne

    Connect with Brianne and Watershed DNA on Social Media

    Watershed DNA on Facebook

    Brianne on Twitter@GCBrianne

    Brianne is also newly on Instagram@GCBrianne

    Brianne on LinkedIn


    Are you looking for genetic counseling? Grey Genetics is an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting company. Book an appointment with a genetic counselor specialized in your area of concern. All genetic counseling appointments take place over secure, HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing or by phone.

    Grey Genetics on Twitter: @GreyGenetics

    Grey Genetics on Instagram: @greygenetics

    Grey Genetics on Facebook

    Grey Genetics on LinkedIn

    • 7 min
    Black in Genetic Counseling

    Black in Genetic Counseling

    Certified genetic counselor Deanna Darnes was the first Black student to graduate from her genetic counseling training program of The University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program (UTGCP) in 2010. Ten years later, there are over 5,000 genetic counselors in the United States, yet fewer than 50 are Black. Deanna discusses how whataboutisms can derail efforts to increase these numbers, recruitment strategies, and the new organization Black in Genetics (BIG), dedicated to amplifying the voices and work of Black-identifying geneticists across the U.S. and beyond.



    Follow Deanna on Twitter: @furiousATGC

    Black in Genetics on Twitter: @BlackInGenetics #BlackInGenetics



    Related books recommended by Deanna:

    Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, by Harriet A. Washington

    White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson

    Black In Genetics (BIG)



    Do you have questions or topics you’d like a genetic counselor to discuss on a future episode?

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    Are you looking for genetic counseling? Grey Genetics is an independent telehealth genetic counseling and consulting company. Book an appointment with a genetic counselor specialized in your area of concern. All genetic counseling appointments take place over secure, HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing or by phone.

    Grey Genetics on Twitter: @GreyGenetics

    Grey Genetics on Instagram: @greygenetics

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    • 17 min

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