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Welcome to the Genetics and Public Health Blog

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Whoever you are and whatever you do, genes are a critical part of your life. From genetically modified food to genetic testing, genetic technology is changing our world. And soon, it will be changing you too.

Since I was in grade school, I’ve been fascinated by genetics and public health. My prize-winning sixth grade science fair project had DNA helices made of pipe cleaners and a family tree composed of old baby photos. In college, I learned about epidemiology–a public health discipline investigating the distribution and causes of disease in the population. It was the perfect chance for me to merge my two interests. In 1998, I graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a PhD in epidemiology, division of genetic epidemiology.

With this background, I bring you the Genetics and Public Health Blog. I will help you connect the dots between scientific studies and real life. I'll also show you what I think you need to know about the genetic revolution. How will understanding genetics help you maintain optimal health? How will genetics affect the medical care you receive? What genetic enhancements are in your future?

Honorable Mentions

  • Blog of the week at the About.com Web Logs site.
  • One of Forbes.com Best of the Web, Summer 2005
  • Listed at MedWeb @ Emory University.
  • Mentioned at Harvard's Global Voices Online.

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NB: If you need a refresher course on genetics, check out the animated primers created by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

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