Genetic counseling is a field that is currently limited to a fairly exclusive range of professionals.
According to the website of the National Association of Genetics Counselors, "Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.
This process integrates:
- Collection and interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence
- Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research
- Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition."
I met with working Genetic Counselors Vickie Hannig and Melinda Cohen
at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
to talk with them about DNA, the ethics of genetic testing, and their work introducing the concept of genetics counseling to K12 students worldwide, utilizing IVC technology. We had a fun and interesting dialogue; and this, the 30th episode of S4theB!, is its record. It's my first double interview, too! Download S4theB!30 here
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National Association of Genetics Counselors FAQ
DNA from the Beginning
--a rich online resource that's "an animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity."