6. What is a Gene?: How to talk to non-experts about genetics
6.1: Chapter 9 from the book DNA is Not Destiny by Steven Heine, starting with the section How to Talk About Genes
6.2: FAQ from Genomic Prediction, which is a company that offers pre-implantation genomic testing for complex diseases.
List five problems with this statement: “Angelina Jolie has the breast cancer gene.” What are some of the beliefs and biases that result when people are told that there is a genetic basis for traits like race, intelligence, criminality, and sexual orientation? Have you ever struggled to explain aspects of genetics or of your research to non-scientists? What is your favorite gene metaphor? Do you think the author of DNA is Not Destiny would approve of it? How should we talk about polygenic risk scores?