36. Genetics & Cancer Risk – HudsonAlpha’s Dr. Sara Cooper

Did you know scientists can look at our DNA and determine whether we are at risk for certain diseases like cancer?

Do you know what a “genome” is?

Did you know that, today, a human genome can be mapped in a little more than 24 hours and for a few thousand dollars, but it took 15 years and $3 billion to sequence and publish one for the first time in 2001?

Science has come so far so fast!

In this fascinating interview, Belle Curve hosts Rachel Blackmon Bryars and Mary Scott Hunter sit down with Dr. Sara Cooper of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to talk about:

  • How our genes can change  
  • Environmental factors that increase disease risk 
  • Ethical questions involved in finding out about our genes
  • And much more!

Dr. Cooper specializes in understanding the link between genetics and cancer risk and leads the HudsonAlpha Information Is Power program that provides cancer risk screening tests. Mary Scott took the test and highly recommends it. You can find more information about those tests here.  

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HudsonAlpha also recently launched their own podcast, Tiny Expeditions! The first season is all about animal morphology – why do animals look the way they do? You’ll want to check that out.

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