Your genes may (NOT) be used against you

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Katie Compton, Science Policy and Politics Editor When I’m not writing and editing for Science Borealis, I’m working as a cancer genetic counsellor. I spend a lot of time talking to people about the risks and benefits of having genetic testing. Sometimes my patients know that there is an inherited form of cancer in their […]

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Data-sharing in the time of COVID-19

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Katie Compton, Policy and Politics editor As the COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, we’ve all become health-data seekers. Each day, we scan our newsfeeds for information about whether we’re flattening the curve, wonder what the #NewNormal will look like, and search hopefully for any news about treatments or vaccines. Answering the questions foremost on […]

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Update All? Re-contacting genomic research participants

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Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor Genetic testing is more accessible than ever. For around $100, anyone can order a direct-to-consumer DNA spit kit to learn about her ancestry. Doctors are using genetic tests to diagnose, treat and prevent disease. And ambitious research projects such as All of Us, UK Biobank, and Personal Genome Projects […]

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Implicit gender bias: Overriding the mental shortcuts holding back women in STEM

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Katie Compton, Science Policy and Politics editor Picture an engineer. Now picture a scientist. What images did you see? What do these people you envisioned look like? Maybe you imagined a person working in a lab, or someone out in the field. Perhaps you saw a person at a podium giving a talk at a […]

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Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor

While finishing up her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Prince Edward Island, Katie realized that she loves writing about science. After earning a master’s degree in science communication at Drexel University, she worked as a science writer and editor at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. At CIHR, she had the opportunity […]

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