The show educates the public on genetic and public health topics through event coverage, news stories, book/movie reviews, and interviews. Guest include genetic counselors, researchers, patient advocates and professors in the field of genetics.
The show has featured interviews with many well known people in the field. Ellen Matloff, CEO of My Gene Counsel and lead plaintiff in the Myriad supreme court gene patenting case. Descendants of Henrietta Lacks (women behind HeLa cells), Kimberly Lacks (granddaughter) and Veronica Spencer (great granddaughter). Robin Schwartz, a hereditary cancer genetic counselor in the field over 30 years.
DNA Today has been nominated in the Podcast Awards in 2015 and 2016 in the General and Science/Medicine category respectively.
DNA Today is broadcasted at 10:30am Fridays on WHUS at the University of Connecticut. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes, via RSS feed and streaming/download on the Episodes page.
Kira Dineen has 9 years of online media experience in the fields of digital marketing, social media, blogging and podcasting/radio. She began her podcasting career with a Hunger Games podcast, Nightlock Podcast. Her initial show produced nearly 60 episodes and received a 2012 Podcast Award nomination.
She is passionate about advocating for the rare disease community and has worked collaboratively with the National Organization for Rare Disorders to provide education and raise awareness.
Kira received her Diagnostic Genetic Bachelor’s of Science degree with a concentration in Cytogenetics at the University of Connecticut. She is a certified Cytogenetic Technologist. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College in New York in preparation for a career in genetic counseling and science communications.
Laura Markham received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology & Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has over ten years of experience in laboratory research. She currently works with a team at The University of Texas at Austin to uncover novel properties within the CRISPR-Cas system of a reverse transcriptase-cas1 fusion protein. In her spare time she volunteers as a client advocate at a local pregnancy resource center supporting women and families in the community. A second career in genetic counseling is a dream she has for the future.
DNA Today started solely as a podcast of mini genetic lessons and bioethical debates in 2012, these are labeled as such. Full length episodes began in 2014 when the show started its broadcast on the WHUS radio station. These episodes are where the episode numbers start. At this point in time the show was focused on breaking news reported weekly. Overtime “DNA Today” has focused more on interviews and diving in specific genetic topics.