Baby DNA: Should We Pursue Whole-Exome Sequencing at Birth?

For the past five years or so, I’ve heard the following prediction echoed in classrooms, genetic counseling related social circles, and books I’ve read: “soon your baby’s genome will be sequenced and handed to you at birth!” I just ran into the sentiment while reading Genetic Twists of Fate by Stanley Fields, a nonfiction compilation…

Genetic Conditions and Fertility

The scene: Health class, Grade 8. Your biology teacher has just explained the mechanics of sexual intercourse, and now you’re about to find out the consequences if you do it. You can try to protect yourself, but contraception can fail. Have intercourse and surely sooner or later, you’re going to end up like this. It…

The Heart of Genetics

Hi blog dogs! Hope everyone is staying safe from the virus, and hopefully many of you, like me, are getting the added bonus of working from home. My favorite little heart failure dog is a huge fan. I just hope my patients don’t hear him coughing once an hour. They might get concerned. So having…

Reassurance and Routines in Prenatal Genetic Counseling

Hello again, bloggie doggies! 🐶 I’ve had a wonderful and long week of being a wanna-be genetic counselor, and I’m excited to share all of those fun updates. Before I forget, I wanted to make sure I share that next week my blog will be published on Friday afternoon instead of sometime Thursday! That’s because…

Am I an HLA Mutant? Thyroid and Autoimmunity Genetics

Hello again, blog friends. We’re about 15 days out from Match Day and you know, it’s a little scary! But there’s nothing we can do now but wait. I’m passing the time by learning Japanese, applying to different types of jobs as back-up plans to grad school, and of course writing the blog. Oh, and…

Craniofacial Genetics & 1 Distinctive NICU Baby

Hello, this is Thursday night Laura who got behind writing her blog, which is why this is being published so late! I did get an interview offer today though– Bay Path University! It’s a hybrid/mostly online program, so I’ll be interviewing on Zoom sometime in March! This week I wanted to talk a little more…

Geneticists, Genetic Counselors, and Me with my Bachelor’s in Genetics?

Happy New Year and welcome to the ever scary and exciting interview offer season. As of yet, there is no news. 😂 My husband is a 3rd grade teacher. In the age of scientific and technological advancement, teachers like him are actively encouraged to teach young students about scientific topics and related careers. To my…