Cue the Fireworks and Welcome CooperGenomics!

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We are excited to announce that Reprogenetics, Recombine, and Genesis Genetics have joined forces as CooperGenomics, bringing the best of these three companies together as part of the CooperSurgical family. (As I like to say,...

It’s DNA Day!

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There’s no question about it – DNA IS AWESOME AND ALL THINGS GENETIC ROCK. Those looking for evidence to support this claim need not look further than April 25th, National DNA Day. National DNA Day...

Will I Inherit My Family’s Autoimmune Condition?

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“My mom has lupus, is that inherited?  Will I get it, too?  Will my kids?  My uncle has MS, what about that?”  These are common questions that genetic counselors are asked when we take a...

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...

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...