FRAME- Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education

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Diversity is everywhere you look. It’s in nature, language, literature. Everywhere. Unfortunately, there are moments in society when a difference is seen as a negative. To combat this problem, Faces Redefining the Art of Medical...

What Your Hemoglobin Can Tell You About Your Origins

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As World Sickle Cell Day approaches, I am reminded of one of my favorite topics: hemoglobin (HEEM-OH-GLOW-BIN). What is hemoglobin? It is an important molecule that red blood cells use to carry oxygen throughout the...

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...

Autism Awareness 2016

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In the 1970s, approximately 1 in 2,000 children was reported to have autism. The current official government estimate reports that 1 in 68 American children are affected with this condition. A recent National Health Statistics...

Introducing, GINA

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The genetic counselors at CooperGenomics are asked all sorts of questions during their consultations with patients: Does CooperGenomics test for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA 2 genes? No. In addition, we don't recommend testing...

Rare Disease Day 2016

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Not too long ago, we blogged about Rare Diseases. Rare Disease Day falls on February 29th this year, a day some would argue is the rarest of 2016. If you know anything about rare diseases, perhaps...

This Week In Genetics (and Fertility)

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A little less genetics, a little more fertility this week. Amazing news for our troops and reproductive advocates! The Secretary of Defense announced a new program that would cover the cost for troops to freeze...

Spreading Awareness for DMD

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From 1966 to 2010, Jerry Lewis hosted a national telethon every Labor Day to raise money for children with muscular dystrophy. I think you have to be of a certain age to remember Jerry's Kids....

Congenital Heart Defects

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Hearts! Cupids! Chocolate! These have been the iconic images of Valentine’s Day throughout the years. Yes, it’s coming up. Take note. But did you know that February 14th, 2016 is also National Congenital Heart Defects...

Scientists Take a Cautious Approach to a New Wave in Genetic Engineering

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You may have recently seen the word “embryo” in the news more often than usual. Headlines such as “Scientist makes case to edit embryos” and “British Scientists Want Permission to Genetically Edit Viable Human Embryos”...