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In Those Genes is a podcast that uses genetics to decode the lost histories AND futures of African descended Americans through the lens of Black culture.

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In Those Genes is a podcast that uses genetics to decode the lost histories AND futures of African descended Americans through the lens of Black culture.

    Intronic Season Episode 3 - SNP-its, Short Audio Stories by Biorocket High School Interns

    Intronic Season Episode 3 - SNP-its, Short Audio Stories by Biorocket High School Interns

    Hey fam! Today we are hitting you with another Intronic episode but this time from high school interns from the Biorocket Program at Genspace who used our show as a model to do some science storytelling themselves. We call their short audio stories, SNP-its, a play upon words from an acronym in genetics that stands for single nucleotide polymorphism and describes common mutations in populations.
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    Over the next 40 minutes you’ll hear four SNP-its produced by this year’s Biorocket interns. The Biorocket interns worked collaboratively over the course of seven weeks to research, write, and produce a short podcast SNP-it about a science topic of their choosing. They covered everything from CRISPR gene therapies and “designer babies” to the environmental impacts of fast fashion and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is disproportionately impacting some communities.
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    You can find the transcripts from our interns here, bit.ly/32UxffI.
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    You can find more information about Genspace here, www.genspace.org/
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    You can learn more about Biorocket here, www.genspace.org/biorocket
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    If you'd like to donate to Genspace, you can do so here, www.genspace.org/support-us.
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    If you enjoyed this please consider becoming a patron! We are REALLY trying to come back with a strong season 2 and we really need support. We are a THRIVING independent podcast with run by 3 freelancers most of which with other full-time jobs.
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    Become a patron here: www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    • 43 min
    Intronic Season Episode 2- Dat Rona Update: Trusting Vaccines While Black

    Intronic Season Episode 2- Dat Rona Update: Trusting Vaccines While Black

    We're BACK---well kind of...
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    This week we want to hit you with a new Rona update all about the development of coronavirus vaccines. This update is inspired by our fam on Black Twitter and the discourse popping up that’s claiming the vaccine will be created to intentionally do harm us Black folks.
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    Specifically folks who are weary of engaging in vaccine related research or even taking the vaccine when it’s ready because of our history with medical racism and exploitation in this country.
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    On today’s Rona Update we’re going to speak about those theories, explore the likelihood of a vaccine created with specific intentions to harm one group of people, talk about some of the real concerns to have around the development of a vaccine, and dive deeper into what we really need to know about these vaccines and the trials.
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    Here you can find our original Dat Rona episode
    https://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/dat_rona
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on testing (first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/scientific_sleu
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on being incarcerated during the pandemic (first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/all_of_us
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on the racial impact Dat Rona has on our communities (first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/genenina_pt1
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    Here you can find our Dat Rona Update on immunity(first 10-15 min)
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/genenina_pt2
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    Here you can learn more about DNA, RNA and protein vaccines.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrp5zsqi60
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    Here you can learn more information on debunked anti vax theories
    https://www.who.int/vaccine_safety/initiative/detection/immunization_misconceptions/en/index4.html
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    Here you can find the episode where we discuss the Tuskgee experiments at the 23 minute mark.
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/ion_trust_dem_p
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    Here you can find the episode where we discuss Henrietta Lacks at time stamp 44:45 you can also learn about data privacy policies from consumer genetics companies in this episode.
    http://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/damn_gina
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    Keystone eSymposia called Transforming Vaccinology: Pandemic Preparedness and the Response to COVID-19
    https://virtual.keystonesymposia.org/ks/sessions/2106/view
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    If you enjoyed this please consider becoming a patron! We are REALLY trying to come back with a strong season 2 and we really need support. We are a THRIVING independent podcast with run by 3 freelancers most of which with other full-time jobs.
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    Become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    • 21 min
    Intronic Season Ep. 1 - Know Your Genes from American Origin Stories Podcast

    Intronic Season Ep. 1 - Know Your Genes from American Origin Stories Podcast

    Welcome to…... the “Intronic Season”. During the intronic season we will be doing episode swaps with other podcasts that are closely related to our show or interviews from shows that I have been on. Some weeks we might just point you to a podcast to listen to, some weeks we might just drop some genetic knowledge on social media through our Henrietta Facts posts, and I will still be dropping that Helix playlist with new music that I am into during this time.

    So today we are doing an episode swap, we are introducing you to a new podcast, American Origin Stories, a podcast about identity, ancestry, and untold history. Specifically, season 1 explores the foundational ways to learn more about your roots and addresses the question, why is it so difficult for Black Americans to trace their ancestors? On this episode “Know Your Genes: DNA & Personal Identity” they discuss genetics. There are many ways to explore our ancestry - one modern option is DNA. Race may not be a gene or real, but technology now allows us to explore our identity by looking at our genes with direct to consumer genetic testing (e.g., 23andMe, Ancestry.com and more). Join Chris and Chauniece as they continue to explore their origin stories through their DNA and consider the ways in which the results impact their personal perspectives.
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    Learn more about American Origin Stories and read the blog, here! https://www.americanoriginstories.com/
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    If you would like to ALSO give to our freelancers working hard to make the this podcast available who are also impacted by the pandemic you can send them donations for their hard work on this episode with the information.
    Sam’s (our lead producers) Cash App: $SamRidd
    Chad's (our music producer) Venmo: @Chris-Diggins
    Chris' (our creative director) Venmo: @Imchadmilner-
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    In Those Genes is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes

    • 33 min
    Gene-NINA Pt.2

    Gene-NINA Pt.2

    In our season finale, we continue the discussion with our host, Dr. Jeff and lead producer Sam Riddell to discuss her journey to be becoming the first African American to receive a PhD in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt. We'll do a deep dive on her entire process and discuss how she overcame racism, sexism, and imposter syndrome all while still being focused on the community and centering Black people in her artistry. Then we learn how our Genet-SIS became a podcaster and how the In Those Genes team is making history being the first independent podcast of it's kind.
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    As promised, we will also have a Rona update at the top of the show. This week our host is back and healthy, discussing what the hottest topic around COVID-19, IMMUNITY! What is it exactly? How do you know you have it? How do we know you specifically have it for the new coronavirus? How effective is it? And how long will you have it?
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    After recording the Rona update we came across this interesting NY Times article on Immunoprivilege. We didn't have time to include it so we are adding it here, be sure to check it out.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/opinion/coronavirus-immunity-passports.html?referringSource=articleShare
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    Here is a link to Dat Rona episode we aired in March.
    https://player.audiostaq.com/inthosegenes/dat_rona
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    If you would like to give to our freelancers working hard to make the this podcast available who are also impacted by the pandemic you can send them donations for their hard work on this episode with the information.
    Sam’s (our lead producers) Cash App: $SamRidd
    Chad's (our music producer) Venmo: @Chris-Diggins
    Chris' (our creative director) Venmo: @Imchadmilner-
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    If you would like to donate to our family in Illinois at the Stateville and Logan correctional centers. You can donate here, https://bit.ly/2UNH0r3 and learn more about their fundraiser here
    https://twitter.com/NUPrisonEd/status/1243253852390010881
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    In Those Genes is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
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    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
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    If a monetary donation isn’t in the cards be sure to rate and write a review of the podcast. OAN, don’t forget to share this podcast with everyone you know!
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    You can formally join the family by visiting, www.inthosegenes.com .
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    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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    The Nucleus (our transcript, The Helix (an episodic soundtrack), and Henrietta Facts (quick notes from the episode) will be posted soon.
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    You can formally join the family by visiting, www.inthosegenes.com .
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    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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    The Nucleus (our transcript, The Helix (an episodic soundtrack), and Henrietta Facts (quick notes from the episode) will be posted soon.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Gene-NINA Pt.1

    Gene-NINA Pt.1

    On this episode we’re bringing in our lead producer Sam Riddell to get into some questions about MY thoughts around genetic testing that y'all have been asking me all season. You'll also here Sam give the update on Dat Rona this week and we’re talking all about the SEVERE racial disparities when it comes to diagnoses and deaths resulting from COVID-19. We’re going to talk about the PLETHORA of reasons why Black Americans specifically are dying in higher numbers from the coronavirus and how these statistics are being tracked -- if at all and -- how we should interpret them. Then we are going to lay out a loose a strategy that could have dramatically changed these statistics and envision a better future.
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    If you would like to give to our freelancers working hard to make the this podcast available who are also impacted by the pandemic you can send them donations for their hard work on this episode with the information.
    Sam’s (our lead producers) Cash App: $SamRidd
    Chad's (our music producer) Venmo: @Chris-Diggins
    Chris' (our creative director) Venmo: @Imchadmilner-
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    If you would like to donate to our family in Illinois at the Stateville and Logan correctional centers. You can donate here, https://bit.ly/2UNH0r3 and learn more about their fundraiser here
    https://twitter.com/NUPrisonEd/status/1243253852390010881
    .
    In Those Genes is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
    .
    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
    .
    If a monetary donation isn’t in the cards be sure to rate and write a review of the podcast. OAN, don’t forget to share this podcast with everyone you know!
    .
    You can formally join the family by visiting, www.inthosegenes.com .
    .
    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
    .
    The Nucleus (our transcript, The Helix (an episodic soundtrack), and Henrietta Facts (quick notes from the episode) will be posted soon.
    .
    You can formally join the family by visiting, www.inthosegenes.com .
    .
    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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    The Nucleus (our transcript, The Helix (an episodic soundtrack), and Henrietta Facts (quick notes from the episode) will be posted soon.

    • 1 hr
    All of Us

    All of Us

    This week we take you on a genetics road trip to find disease cures and our GPS is the African genome! Then we will talk about National Research Initiative, All of Us, that is asking for 1 million samples from underrepresented communities like ours to better understand health outcomes for future generations to come. Then we travel 100 years into the future and imagine what science might look like then. And as promised at the top of the episode we have a quick update on Dat Rona, this week we are spending some time discussing how our incarcerated fam is faring during this pandemic and some steps that can be taken to care for them at this time. Huge thanks to our family at Stateville correction center and their instructor who has been incorporating our show into her class, we are so grateful to see this show have such reach and are keeping you in our thoughts during this difficult time.
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    Here you can learn more about All of Us and sign up
    https://allofus.nih.gov/
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    Here you can learn more about the CDC Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/correction-detention/guidance-correctional-detention.html
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    This week we are asking that you donate to our family in Illinois at the Stateville and Logan correctional centers. You can donate here, https://bit.ly/2UNH0r3 and learn more about their fundraiser here
    https://twitter.com/NUPrisonEd/status/1243253852390010881
    .
    If you would like to ALSO give to our freelancers working hard to make the this podcast available who are also impacted by the pandemic you can send them donations for their hard work on this episode with the information.
    Sam’s (our lead producers) Cash App: $SamRidd
    Chad's (our music producer) Venmo: @Chris-Diggins
    Chris' (our creative director) Venmo: @Imchadmilner-
    .
    In Those Genes is independently funded, to give, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/inthosegenes
    .
    If you would like to give a one time donation, you can do that here: https://paypal.me/inthosegenes
    .
    If a monetary donation isn’t in the cards be sure to rate and write a review of the podcast. OAN, don’t forget to share this podcast with everyone you know!
    .
    You can formally join the family by visiting, www.inthosegenes.com .
    .
    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
    .
    The Nucleus (our transcript, The Helix (an episodic soundtrack), and Henrietta Facts (quick notes from the episode) will be posted soon.
    .
    You can formally join the family by visiting, www.inthosegenes.com .
    .
    Follow us at @inthosegenespod on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
    .
    The Nucleus (our transcript, The Helix (an episodic soundtrack), and Henrietta Facts (quick notes from the episode) will be posted soon.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
249 Ratings

249 Ratings

Fem1213 ,

SkinFolk KinFolk

I love this newly found podcast! My first listen was to a comparison between the two excellent ancestry companies serving the African diaspora. Absolutely smart, informative, entertaining and inviting for more! I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Janina Jeff. She is simultaneously intellectual and cool, and most importantly, protective of the dignity of Black folk! It was a most enjoyable 46 minutes!

AlphaMHC ,

Important pod, but also fun and entertaining!

I love this podcast. I think I’m automatically predisposed to loving science podcasts because I’m a scientist, but this podcast is something special. Black people and Human Genetics have a very fraught history because of deeply rooted racism by white scientists, going back to basically the inception of the entire field. That’s why this podcast, and it’s goal of making human genetics more HUMAN by making sure it includes and is about the most diverse population on the planet! Black genetic history is the history of humanity! And this isn’t some dry science pod! It is so much fun to listen to!

AmyinBk ,

Funny, smart, important, well-done podcast

I wish I could give this podcast 6 stars. It’s so good. I am a white woman and think all of us white people should check our privilege, then open our ears and our minds and really listen to what Dr. Jeff and her kindred spirits have to share and teach us. If Dr. Jeff’s class would have been a part of our high school education, I think we would be a much better society, educated with the truth. And her analogies for explaining the material are hilarious!

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