Summary: In Episode #185 Ari interviews Shivani Nazareth, the Director of Women’s Health at Counsyl, a health technology and DNA-screening company that works to provide people insight into their predisposed genetic diseases using saliva and blood-based tests. Listen as Ari and Shivani talk about the importance of testing, why knowledge is empowering rather than limiting, and why fear isn’t a good reason to stay away from testing.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 11:31 – Introduction of Shivani Nazareth
- 12:28 – Counsyl places an emphasis on pre-conception and pregnancy testing
- 14:20 – Ari talks about his family’s experience with 23 and Me
- 15:15 – When it comes to carrier screening, having the information BEFORE pregnancy is so, so important
- 15:50 – Unlike other over the counter testing solutions, Counsyl uses next-generation sequencing technology to pick up all mutations within a targeted gene
- 16:16 – Breaking it down in layman’s terms
- 17:28 – 40% of people don’t know the TRUE ethnic background of all four grandparents
- 18:18 – IVF is an option a lot of couples will pursue to avoid the risks of negative genetic mutations
- 20:30 – Rare is actually pretty common with genetic diseases, collectively speaking
- 21:03 – Did Counsyl always intend to focus on pre-conception testing?
- 22:30 – DNA does NOT change when it comes to the types of mutations that Counsyl tests for
- 23:30 – Genetic counseling helps people understand and process the data of their results
- 24:05 – Often women end up being tested for disease before men
- 25:25 – The differences between submitting tests based on saliva and blood
- 26:00 – Shivani’s background
- 27:28 – http://www.Counsyl.com
3 Key Points:
- 40% of people don’t actually know the ethnic background of their 4 grandparents
- Rare is actually common (collectively speaking) when it comes to genetic disease
- If considering genetic testing, make sure to enlist the help of a genetic counselor to help you understand your results.
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