Episode 10: How secure is your genetic information online?

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Data breaches are all too common today, ranging from retails to credit companies.

In June, we learned that MyHeritage had a data breach that impacted 92 million users. How serious was the database breach and how can you fight back and prevent the damage?

In this episode, we talk to Burton Kelso, a cyber-security and technology expert out of Kansas City to discuss data breaches and possible solutions.

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Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot

New genetics technology could lead to fresher food

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By NICK SLOAN, Genetic Jackpot

One of the drawbacks to buying fresh vegetables and fresh fruit compared to their frozen counterparts is the fact they spoil quicker.

That could change in the future in part due to a new agreement between J.R. Simplot Company, DowDuPont Inc. and the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University regarding gene editing tools.

According to the company, the gene editing software could keep food such as potatoes and strawberries fresher and reduce the rate of when they spoil.

“We’re excited to add CRISPR-Cas9 technology to our platform of tools aimed at providing more sustainable produce for the industry,” said Susan Collinge PhD, Vice President of Simplot Plant Sciences, in a statement.  “These pioneering tools may enable growers to achieve higher yields on less land resulting in fewer pesticides, water and labor needs while extending the quality of a consumer’s favorite foods.”

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Listen to The Genetic Jackpot Podcast! Episodes below.

You can also listen on our iTunes page here

Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot

DNA could lead to justice for boy robbed at North Carolina lemonade stand

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By NICK SLOAN, Genetic Jackpot

DNA has helped crack numerous unsolved murder cases and rape cases across the country.

Then there’s this – it could play a hand in finding the suspect who robbed a 9-year-old child who was operating a lemonade stand in North Carolina.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was held up by a teenager late last week, netting the crook a grand total of $17.

So far, authorities have discovered evidence, including a hat, BB pistol and a metal cash box. The box is being tested for fingerprints and DNA, The New York Post reports.

Here’s the full press release from the sheriff’s office in Monroe, NC:

Union County Sheriff’s Deputies are pursuing leads in connection with a robbery occurring at the roundabout near the entrance to St. John’s Forest around 3:00 pm yesterday. Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery involving a 9 year old boy selling lemonade.

The boy was allegedly approached by a teenage black male suspect wearing a camo hat and black shirt. The suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy’s stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot.

While searching the area for the suspect, deputies located a trail in the woods where a camo hat, a black colored BB handgun and the stolen metal tin were recovered. Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery.

If anyone has information that might assist detectives in this matter, please notify the Sheriff’s Office or Union County Crimestoppers.

Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

How important are your genes when it comes to fitting in your jeans? In this week’s episode of Genetic Jackpot, we explore how genes can impact obesity and the food you like.

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We speak to Emily Brown of Genetic Garden about how your genes, diet and overall health can be connected.

We also have a discussion about the obesity gene and while it may exist, it doesn’t serve as a permanent road map to your life and Nick shares his story of his 320-pound weight loss journey.

PREVIOUS EPISODES

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Statistics show that one-in-six women will be raped or sexually assaulted in their life.

On average, there are over 300,000 rape cases annually in the United States.

A “rape kit” is one of the first steps a victim can take in helping authorities find justice in their case. Unfortunately, there have been over 225,000 untested rape kits discovered across the country, most recently nearly 5,000 found in Missouri.

Victoria Pickering from the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault organization in Kansas City joins us to discuss the importance of the kits and how so many of them have been untested.

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

downloadFor many, online records and databases can serve as our primary source of research into our families following a DNA tests.

Many others, unfortunately, do not have that option. WGN anchor Cortney Hall spoke to us about her journey to Senegal after a DNA test revealed she was of Senegalese Mandinka ancestry.

She shares her story with us, then we chat about the unique difficulty African-Americans can face when researching their own history.

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

3330fa0a364d9ef1722def2e693bd088Back when we were in high school, we learned what was known about DNA through boring textbooks and lectures. Thankfully for today’s high school students, there’s a new way to become aware of DNA.

Throughout the nation, undergraduate students are traveling to high schools to help students learn and become aware of the power of DNA.

They’re using interactive modules in their efforts.

We spoke with Lynn Villafuerte, Assistant Director of Graduate Program Services at the University of Kansas, about this and the future of DNA.

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

220px-Original_Night_Stalker-East_Area_RapistFor years, authorities in California have pursued an individual believed to be responsible for at least 12 murders, more than 50 rapes and over 100 burglaries.

This week, a suspect was arrested after matching crime scene DNA with genetic material that was stored by a distant relative on GEDmatch.

The case has garnered compliments for crafty police work, but also generated some privacy concerns.

Joining Shannon Halligan and Nick Sloan in this special episode to discuss the Golden State Killer case is Michael Tabman, a retired agent from the FBI and security consultant.

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

205362_317911191636887_2008363276_nA Chicago area biologist discovers he’s related to a world famous pop band from India! We were joined in this episode by Robert Sliwinski of DNA Explorers to talk more about this.

DNA testing can be simple….but it can also lead to complicated results.

“Here’s the thing, it is a Pandora’s Box, you may learn something you don’t want to know.”

Have you opened your box?

Let us know if you made any discoveries (good or bad) after DNA testing!

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

One of the very few things that unite most in the world is our love for pets, whether they’re dogs, cats, fish or reptiles.

Pets are becoming a larger part of our family – and now that includes the world of DNA!

In Episode 3, we speak to George Sofronidis, the managing director of Orivet Genetic Pet Care. Sofronidis speaks about the growing popularity of testing your pets DNA – and how studying “man’s best friend’s” DNA could help you down the road.

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