Genetics and Health 2 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:
- Hereditary cancer
- Breast cancer gene
- BRCA1 & BRCA2
- Heart disease
- Personalized medicine
- Family medical map
- Genetic discrimination
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
- Future of genetic medicine
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.
This page was last updated: July 10, 2013