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Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Inheritance: What Does it All Mean?

August 18, 2020, 1 to 2 pm CDT


Dr. Murali will help you understand genetics by providing a brief overview of basic genetics, talking about various genetics tests and how they differ, briefly touching on possible pitfalls in direct to consumer genetic tests, and outlining reasons why a child may benefit from genetic testing. Ultimately, understanding genetics helps us understand how children may adopt traits from their biological parents, how they may not, and how we can use genetics to help children thrive.


Dr. Chaya Murali is a pediatric geneticist working at Texas Children's Hospital, where she sees patients with a wide array of suspected or diagnosed genetic disorders. Her interest in genetics blossomed when she was a teenager, and her work is characterized by a deep interest in family dynamics and inheritance, both biological and otherwise. Dr. Murali's research focuses on quality of life, patient-reported outcomes, and other psychosocial aspects of living with a genetic disorder, for both affected children and their families. She is passionate about educating healthcare professionals, students, and laypeople on genetics topics. In addition to her clinical, research, and education work, Dr. Murali is a published personal essayist. Her written work focuses largely on the immigrant experience, family, inheritance, and identity.


August 18th, 2020 1:00 PM   through   2:00 PM
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