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 Henreitta 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 11:30am Thursdays 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 5 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 is finishing her Diagnostic Genetic Bachelor’s of Science degree with a concentration in Cytogenetics at the University of Connecticut. She is interested in pursuing a career in genetic counseling and science communication.
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 it's broadcast on the WHUS radio station. These episodes are where the episode number start.