October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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On the CooperGenomics blog, we try to focus on important topics in fertility and genetics, while keeping our tone light and throwing in ample pop culture references, and puns, when possible. Today's subject though, we've...

Wait, There’s More to Worry About Than Tay-Sachs?!

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The first time I ever gave any kind of real thought to the possibility of genetic landmines in my Jewish ancestry, I was in my mid-20s, not dating anyone too seriously — Jewish or otherwise...

Getting to Know Your Body While Trying to Conceive

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We’ve spent our entire lives inside of our bodies, so we should know them pretty well, right? Despite time spent in biology classes and doctor’s offices, a lot of us don’t have the first idea...

A Brief History of Cystic Fibrosis

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In the genetics world, cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the better-known inherited conditions. It's relatively common (at least in the European population) and it has its own well-established foundation, representing approximately 30,000 people with...

Do You Know Your Ethnicity?

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During a genetic counseling consultation, a patient is asked about their ethnic background. This helps us provide a more accurate risk assessment for a pregnancy to be affected with a given condition. Though everyone is...

CooperGenomics Genetic Counseling: A Unique Experience

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You may have recently read one of several press articles about the nationwide shortage of genetic counselors. Some articles, like this one released by NPR, focus on the deficit of qualified professionals, while others, like...

Yellow for Endo: Endometriosis Awareness Month

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You may be familiar with Padma Lakshmi from her role as host of Top Chef. Model, actress, cookbook author, and mother, Padma is giving us one more reason to love her. Padma is raising awareness...

October Marks Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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Life as a teenager can get pretty crazy. For Evan Parker, the last year has been crazier than most: a stroke in October, followed by brain surgery in January, and just two weeks ago, being...