Popular Genetics: How Learning About Our Genes Offers Both Benefits and Limitations

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In public health, studying genetics is key to understanding a population's likelihood to contract certain diseases so that steps can be taken to mitigate that risk. On a more individual level, people now have more options than ever for learning about their own genetic makeup and how their genes affect their health, but those options come with benefits and limitations. 

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BoehnkeMichael Boehnke

Richard G. Cornell Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Michael Boehnke’s research focuses on problems of study design and statistical analysis of human genetic data with a particular emphasis on development and application of statistical methods for human gene mapping. Learn more.


Sebastian Zollner

Sebastian Zöllner

Professor of Biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Sebastian Zöllner’s research effort is divided between generating new methods in statistical genetics and analyzing data. The general thrust of his work is problems from human genetics, evolutionary biology and statistical population biology. Learn more.


Scott Roberts

J. Scott Roberts

Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Scott Roberts’ research interests focus on the process and impact of risk assessment and disclosure for adult-onset disorders, as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomic science and technology. Learn more.


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