Feature Interview (12:00) – Bioengineer and Dominican priest Fr. Nicanor Astriaco, OP, PhD, STD discusses the technology and interest in home genetic testing. He covers the science behind the technology, what we can and cannot learn from the tests, why it’s so common for people to be interested in their ancestry, and the risks and benefits of understanding your own genetic information.

Also in this episode:

Background Info (00:45) – What is a gene? How do genes work?

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:45) – If we were playing the game of Jeopardy, our category would be “one-syllable scientific words”. This word was coined in 1905 by Danish scientist Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen (1857-1927), from a Greek word meaning “race,” from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning “give birth” or “beget.” This scientific word has found its way into everyday usage and describes a group of over 20,000 distinct entities found in the human body. What is the word?

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