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PBS Program Explains DNA Testing for Hereditary Cancers

On Wednesday, July 2, 2008, the PBS [1] program NOVA scienceNOW [2] will air a segment on personal DNA [3] testing.

During the show, experts will explain how genetic testing [4] is done and how the results are used to help determine if someone is predisposed to developing cancer [5], Alzheimer’s [6], or other hereditary diseases [7].

Rudolph (Rudy) Tanzi, PhD [8] and David Altshuler, MD, PhD [9], both from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) [10], will participate in the discussion, as well as Dietrich Stephan, PhD [11] and Elissa Levin, MS, CGC, [12] from Navigenics™ [13].

NOVA scienceNOW is also inviting viewers to ask questions online [14]. Questions will be collected until July 3, 2008, and then turned over to Rudy Tanzi. Tanzi, who is the director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at MGH and a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School [15], will post his answers to selected questions on July 8, 2008.

To find out which channel in your area will broadcast the program, check the PBS Station Finder [16].

Source: NOVA scienceNOW – Personal DNA Testing [17]

Related Links: American Cancer Society [18]; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center [19]; US Department of Health and Human Services [20]

Related Podcast: What You Should Know About Hereditary Cancer [21] from the Siteman Cancer Center [22]

Technorati Tags: bioethics [23]; BRCA [24]; cancer risk factors [25]; diabetes [26]; genetic counseling [27]; genomics [28]; oncology [29]; preventive medicine [30]