Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot

Shannon Halligan and Nick Sloan briefly introduce what the Genetic Jackpot podcast will be all about.

Give it a listen and we’ll have more soon!

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Genetic Jackpot: An introduction

Welcome to “Genetic Jackpot” a podcast that will explore the DNA revolution… understanding the complicated world of our genes.

Welcome to “Genetic Jackpot” a podcast that will explore the DNA revolution… understanding the complicated world of our genes.

The genomics revolution is well under way. At the time that the first human genomic sequences were obtained (1, 2), it was almost inconceivable that within 15 y thousands of genomes from people around the world would be sequenced, many to a high depth of coverage (3). http://www.pnas.org/content/113/23/6380.full

There are now dozens of DNA testing kits available online– everything from ancestry and paternity to health and wellness.  But how does it all work? And where’s that information going? Our DNA holds the keys to our past, present and future…. but is there a downside in that?

We want to know!

Who are we? We are NOT scientists by any means. We work in TV news but have an interest in genetics.

Did you know scientists can trace our genes back to a small tribe in Western Africa?

When humans first ventured out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they left genetic footprints still visible today. By mapping the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern peoples, we create a picture of when and where ancient humans moved around the world. These great migrations eventually led the descendants of a small group of Africans to occupy even the farthest reaches of the Earth. https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/human-journey/

So each episode here on “Genetic Jackpot,” we’ll talk to the experts and the real people who are using their DNA to learn about themselves, find family, improve their health, and so much more.

And maybe along the way we’ll find out the secret to hitting the genetic jackpot!

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