Genetics is the study of heredity and the variation of traits. What scientists know about genetics has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. As our knowledge grows, it raises many questions surrounding ethics and genetics.
“Before, it was kind of this far-fetched idea that we see in movies, but now it is actually at our front door,” said Lindsay Kortan, an ambassador for Sanford PROMISE at Sanford Research. “The ‘should we’ questions start to come up. If we do, then what do we do with that information and how far do we allow it to go? That’s the part that I think that scares people about it.”
Kortan, along with Liz McMillan, manager of research education at Sanford Health, discusses the transformation of the field of genetics. It’s also changing how it’s taught to today’s students.
Learn more through this podcast edition of “A Better You,” which airs Saturdays on KSOO-AM, Sioux Falls.
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.