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The Genetics of Race and the Problem with Race-based Medicine
Janice Berliner
Genetics
For as long as there have been human beings on Earth, there have been conflicts over territory, religion, property, natural resources, who one should love or marry, how to raise children, and innumerable other topics. But perhaps no issue has been as divisive as race. Mounti...
Usher syndrome - the most common cause of hereditary deafblindness
Janice Berliner
Genetics
Raise your hand if you know what Usher syndrome is. No? Probably not too many people do, but it happens to be the most common cause of hereditary deafblindness. A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible pleasure and honor of meeting Nancy O'Donnell, the Director of Outreac...
Work-Life Balance
Janice Berliner
Personal
Finding your work-life balance If you're anything like me, you're having trouble with work-life balance. Technology makes us accessible around the clock, and a pandemic leading to many of us working from home means we never go home from work. The desk, the phone, the email, ...
Coming soon! my second novel, In Good Conscience
Janice Berliner
Personal
In Good Conscience is the story of a talented and famous actor who develops a serious illness, and in the course of his treatment is betrayed by the people he trusted. He loses the love of his life, his private information is leaked for the world to see, and he must fac...
What if gene editing veers from being therapeutic to an enhancement tool for human traits?
Janice Berliner
Genetics
In October of this year, University of California at Berkeley biochemist Dr. Jennifer Doudna and Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. They were awarded the prize for their co-...
October is More than Just Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Janice Berliner
Genetics
Everyone knows that October is breast cancer awareness month, and that's great. With the frequency of breast cancer diagnoses every year (about one in eight women will develop it throughout her lifetime), it is most certainly vital that we be aware and help to fund research,...
September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month
Janice Berliner
Genetics
What it is Newborn screening is the practice of testing all babies in their first days of life for certain disorders and conditions, mostly genetic, that without intervention may permanently impact them and their families. This testing is required in every state, because the...
The Genetics of Some Common Conditions
Janice Berliner
Genetics
 I asked some friends recently what they'd like to read about in this blog. One of them answered that she'd like to learn about common genetic conditions like color blindness and heterochromia. Perhaps you've been wondering about these too. Color Blindness Red/green col...
Branching Off The Tree
Janice Berliner
Genetics
For anyone who has read Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, you know that his premise is that diversity is what unites us all. He explains that individuals from different families who have the same type of trait or condition are often more like each other than the families ...
The Importance Of Knowing Your Family History
Janice Berliner
Genetics
Eating healthy, exercising, and not smoking is good for all of us. It's probably hard to find many people who don't know that. But what most people may not realize is that our family histories can be strong influences on disease risk. Common medical issues such as heart dise...
The Genetics Of Mental Illness
Janice Berliner
Genetics
The Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders….Such as We Know Them Have you ever noticed that many things run in families? Whether it's heart disease, arthritis or red hair, it is often fairly simple to trace the lines of inheritance throughout the generations. But sometimes, clari...
Cancer Genetics and Genetic Counseling Made Simple (Cancer Genetics Part I)
Janice Berliner
Genetics
It can be confusing to say that cancer is genetic but also that most of the time it is not hereditary. It is genetic in the sense that it involves our genes, but most of the time there are gene changes that occur long after we are born, that were not passed down to us by our...

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Janice Berliner
30 December 2021
Genetics
For as long as there have been human beings on Earth, there have been conflicts over territory, religion, property, natural resources, who one should love or marry, how to raise children, and innumerable other topics. But perhaps no issue has been as...
Janice Berliner
08 September 2021
Genetics
Raise your hand if you know what Usher syndrome is. No? Probably not too many people do, but it happens to be the most common cause of hereditary deafblindness. A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible pleasure and honor of meeting Nancy O'Donnell...
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