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...

You’re a Genetic. . . What?

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Teacher. Scientist. Writer. These are careers the general population has heard of. They are jobs children will mention when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” They are also responsibilities that...

“Genetic Counselor? So, what exactly do you do?”

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Before I even became a genetic counselor, I quickly realized that there are many people who don’t know what a genetic counselor is and what a genetic counselor does. That is why I would like...

Making Meaning: The Role of Genetic Counselors

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With technological advances, it is getting easier and easier to unravel our DNA, read our genes, and discover genetic information about ourselves. But how do we understand what it means? And what do we with...