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A Pair of Helices and You

Nursing role in genetics, genomics, and epigenetics
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Cheryl Brubaker

on 9 June 2016

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Transcript of A Pair of Helices and You

A Pair of Helices and You
Genetics?
Genetics:
A branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms.
Genomics:
Concerned with
applying
the information about the human genome, including gene interaction with other genes, the environment, psychosocial and cultural factors, organizing results…, and with
applications
(as in medicine or biology) (Calzone, 2013, Merriam-Webster, 2013)
Epigenetics:
Development and maintenance of an organism orchestrated by a set of chemical reactions (the stuff we used
to think was junk!) that switch parts
of the genome off and on at strategic times and locations (Learn.Genetics, 2013).
Epigenome
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/epigenetics/intro/
Nursing?
Top 10 Leading Causes of Death
Rapid Changes and Lower Costs
Direct to Consumer Marketing and Tests
Varied Understanding by both Consumers and Providers
Social and Ethical Issues for Test & Research Results
Nursing at the Table?
Genomic Information
Newborn Screening
Preconception/Prenatal
Health Risk
Pinpoint Disease
CDC, 2011
Personalized Care
Aging/End of Life
Knowledge?
But Wait! Junk DNA isn't the junk
we thought it was!
Where will you be in the future?
Special thanks to the faculty of the NIH NINR Summer Genetic Institute, especially Dr. Kathleen Calzone for her advice and guidance.
Calzone, K. (2013). Integration of Genomics into Nursing Practice. Genomics in Medicine Lecture Series 2013-2014, on GenomeTV. Retrieved from
To learn how your grandparents' lives affect your genetics, read this article;
Which is NOT
influenced by
Genetics?
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