The Best Of Our Knowledge #1264

Dec 10, 2014

We’ve talked a lot about genetic testing on this program over the past year or so. The amount of data that can come from the human genome seems to be growing by the day.

Dr. Linnea Baudhuin talks about the at-home genetic test 23andMe with Bob Barrett on this week's program. Dr. Baudhuin is Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Co-Director of the Personalized Genomics Laboratory, Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine, and the Clinical Genome Sequencing Laboratory at the Clinic.
Credit Mayo Clinic dot org

And there are companies that are using that data to market genetic tests for home use. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a test called 23 and Me…and find out why the FDA has banned it from being used as a genetic health screen in the US.

We'll also spend time outside a classroom, as a school fights what it calls Nature Deficit Syndrome.  And we’ll spend an academic minute with garbled communications on social media.