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Charis Eng, MD, PhD

Charis Eng, MD, PhD is founding chairwoman of the Genomic Medicine Institute and founding director of its Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare. Dr. Eng is a global leader in cancer genetics and cancer genomic medicine.

Why Would Men Need Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Too?

Men can carry BRCA1/2 mutations too, and they increase a man’s risk for developing prostate cancer, melanoma, pancreatic and testicular cancer — as well as breast cancer (though very rare in men).
It also impacts their daughters’ genetic outlook because fathers pass down the BRCA genetic mutation in the same way as mothers do.

How Tech Is Changing the Face of Genetics Counseling

Genetic counseling opens a world of proactive care and treatment. But depending on where you live, the scarcity of genetic counselors may make these services seem out of reach. Here’s how tech is changing that.

4 Health Questions You Need to Ask Your Family

Talking about diseases and poor health isn’t always easy. But asking a few simple questions — and taking notes for a family health history — start a conversation that leads to better health for everyone.

4 Surprising Facts About Your Genes and Diabetes

If you’ve heard of the old “nature versus nurture” debate, forget it. When it comes to diabetes, both your genes and your environment matter — and sugar isn’t the only culprit.

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How Your Genes Affect Your Reaction to Drugs

Your doctor prescribes a medication. If you have a high risk of negative side effects, do you ask for something else instead? If you know the drug won’t work well for you, do you request more options? These questions aren’t just hypothetical. They’re at the heart of pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your … Read More

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What New Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Means for You

For the 1.5 million Americans living with rheumatoid arthritis, recent research is worth watching. Answers about the genetics of this autoimmune disease have been hard to come by. But by studying genetic variations, researchers in England have started to answer important questions: Can we predict the severity of rheumatoid arthritis? Can we predict how patients … Read More

BRCA1 and Ovarian Cancer: Why Women Choose Preventive Surgery

For a woman, the decision to have your ovaries and fallopian tubes removed does not come easily. But if you face an alarmingly high genetic risk of ovarian cancer, preventive surgery may be the right choice. Angelina Jolie’s surgery in March shined a national spotlight on this issue. She previously brought attention to preventive mastectomy … Read More