The endless possibilities of genetics is oftentimes left to our imagination.
The media draws attention to genetic experiments they know will sparkle heated debates. Don’t forget all the books and movies out there that portray genetics as something that will change the human race and will give us super powers. There have been so many times where the public is exposed to a small area of genetics and the focus is somewhat on “….look at the cool stuff we can do….”
Anyone remember Dolly?
How about the mouse with a human ear on its back?
Don’t forget the glow-in-the-dark puppy.
The future is here, just in a different way than the media has been portraying over the years. The future is here in terms of personalized genetics and taking charge of our health.
The public has reacted by fighting limits placed on DTC tests. The public argue they are capable of interpreting, understanding, and making health decisions based upon their individual genetic information all on their own. In other words, they are saying they don’t need genetic counselors.
The future is here and it could make or break the genetic counseling field.
NOW is the time for us to find our place. NOW is the time for us to speak up and gain public recognition. NOW is the time to show the importance of genetic counselors. NOW is the time to make “genetic counselor” a household term.