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The Why, Not The How, Of Prenatal Testing
Janice Berliner
Genetics
Throughout the last 50 years or so, many prenatal testing options have become available, the two most common being amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS).These allow for a woman or a couple to determine certain health issues of an unborn baby. Prenatal testing wil...
Ask Me Why Being a Twin is Not Cute!
Janice Berliner
Personal
That's me on the right. On the left, is my sister Donna. And incidentally, we never dress alike, but when in Ann Arbor … Go Blue! "Oh my God - you guys are identical!"But really, the fact that we look alike doesn't mean we are identical.  Everyone's first question ...
Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
Janice Berliner
Genetics
For the last 10 - 15 years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has become a very popular tool for ancestry testing as well as determining disease risk. There are a lot of misconceptions in the public about what these tests reveal, and how accurate they are. Several yea...
Genetic Mythbusters - Part II
Janice Berliner
Genetics
In Genetic MythBusters Part 1, I discussed the idea of genetic conditions skipping a generation. If you read it, you know that nothing actually does skip a generation. Another common myth is that there is a really high risk for birth defects when people who are related to ea...
Genetic Mythbusters - Part I
Janice Berliner
Genetics
In this post I thought I would start talking about some general genetics myths that I find many people share. First, the idea of diseases or disorders skipping a generation. From a genetic standpoint, there really is no such thing as skipping a generation. This is because yo...

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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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