Category: Genetic counseling

Carrier Screening Tests for Expecting Parents: A Discussion on VUS

My colleagues and I were recently discussing some issues around carrier screening, particularly when it comes to variants of uncertain significance (VUS). As the name implies, VUSs are changes that… Read more »

“How to Spit” A guide on how to provide a saliva sample for genetic testing

You’ve just received your very own saliva collection kit- congratulations! Now you’re left with the somewhat daunting task of providing a sample. Set aside etiquette concerns and start thinking about… Read more »

Must-Reads for Women with Hereditary Cancer Risk

In the world of genetics, we often use the term Knowledge is Power. Gaining that knowledge usually starts with a genetic counseling appointment, then spreads into research, support groups, podcasts,… Read more »

I Have a BRCA1 Gene Mutation: The Extra Stress of COVID-19 Takes a Toll

An extra element of stress has creeped into all our lives. We’ve made way for the coronavirus to take the foreground–adjusting our work, family, and social lives to fit into… Read more »

Alex Trebek and Pancreatic Cancer: How Jeopardy! is Making a Difference

Alex Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy! for more than 35 years, nearly my whole life. I watched him woo a nation with his smile, charm, and grace from my grandpa’s… Read more »