EPISODE 443: Get To Know Your Genes

Have you done a DNA test to discover your ancestry? Tens of millions of people give up their genetic information in exchange for a fun pie graph that attempts to detail their ethnicity.

It’s not too expensive, and it’s fun to learn – so why not?

If you’re concerned about personal privacy, there is real cause for concern. The data Facebook or Google have on you pales in comparison to your DNA data. Your favorite online videos and political preferences might change with time, but who you are, from a genetic perspective, is forever. Private companies are stockpiling genetic data, and in some cases, sharing it with both public agencies like the FBI and private pharmaceutical companies. On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore genetics, epigenetics, testing, and what all this data means.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why you and I are 99.9% similar, and how we share 50% of our DNA with a banana
  • Nature vs. nurture from a genetic perspective
  • The future of DNA testing, tracking, and tracing
  • Why data means nothing without interpretation and education

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Yael Joffe is a dietitian with a PhD from the University of Cape Town where she explored the genetics and nutrition of obesity in South African women. She is the co-author of three books, It’s not just your Genes, The SNP Journal, and Genes To Plate. She is the founder of 3X4 Genetics.

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