Boiko is a University of Pittsburgh medical student pursuing a physician-scientist pathway in pediatric hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplantation through the Clinical Scientist Training Program. She is also the Chair of Pitt’s Women in Science and Medicine Association.
What exciting developments in genetic testing should we expect to see in 2015? “The biggest development will be more direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Ongoing rollout of more tests like 23andme’s recently approved Bloom syndrome test will change the public’s conversation about genetic information. I believe it will prompt people to be more proactive about learning about their personal genetics and, in turn, increase science’s responsibility to communicate what genetic information can and can’t tell us. This isn’t solely a matter of having the technology; it shifts the conversations people are having.”
Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.
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