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Genetic counselling should be non-directive

Genetic counselling should be non-directive | genegeek posts | Scoop.it
One of the hallmarks of medical genetics is non-directive counselling. Therefore, I was dismayed to read the case for selective paternalism in genetic testing in Wired’s Neuron Culture. In mo...
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Paternalism suggests advice and geneticists should help people understand and make their own decisions.

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Why is it OK to be ‘bad at math’? [video]

Why is it OK to be ‘bad at math’? [video] | genegeek posts | Scoop.it
Why is it socially acceptable to avoid simple math? We were out for dinner and at the next table, we heard one man say, ‘just tell me what I owe because I can’t do math’. The 10 y...
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Good question! And fun stopmotion video too

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What is DNA?

What is DNA? | genegeek posts | Scoop.it
We see the DNA helix everywhere. It helps market computers, trucks, and cosmetics. People use the helix as an explanation (‘in my DNA’). But do people understand this famous molecule?
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Peek Into Science

Peek Into Science | genegeek posts | Scoop.it
Science is messy. Yet many students think science is a bunch of facts and/or experiments always work. I loved the #overlyhonestmethods hashtag because it gives a glimpse into the reality of experim...
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Why I liked the #overhonestmethods tweets = gives glimpse into real life of science.

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How do you date a pregnancy? | genegeek.ca

How do you date a pregnancy? | genegeek.ca | genegeek posts | Scoop.it

Context is important. Facts without overall understanding can lead to confusion.
Students knew lots of detail re: menses & conception but no idea of when pregnancy dating starts. This year, I wrote a post.

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What is fair in the Olympics? Is sex a special case?

We allow an uneven genetic landscape in the Olympics, accepting that some athletes are born with extra strength or stamina. So why do we care if a woman has higher testosterone levels?
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Career possibilities besides the usual MD

Career possibilities besides the usual MD | genegeek posts | Scoop.it
“…my perception of what I want for my future would change completely” It is difficult to know what career possibilities are available when you are young. I didn’t know any scientists or engineers so I read about options – but it was so foreign that...
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