Genetics and Health 1 of 2

Our genes influence everything from our height to our hair color, and they can also have a profound influence on our health. In fact, almost every disease has a genetic basis, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In this interview, Ellen Beth Levitt speaks with an expert in genetics about a variety of health problems that are inherited or are caused by a genetic mutation and why it's important to screen newborns for certain genetic diseases.

Part one of this two-part program addresses the following topics:

  • Medical genetics
  • DNA
  • Chromosomes/genes
  • Human genome
  • Infant testing
  • Heel stick
  • Recessive conditions
  • PKU (Phenylketonuria)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dominant conditions

Dr. Mimi Blitzer, a specialist in medical genetics at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Blitzer is also chief of the division of human genetics, as well as a professor of pediatrics and OB/GYN at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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This page was last updated: November 25, 2013

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