This presentation outlined basic information about genetics and provided Science Ambassadors with information on diseases that can be detected through genetic screening. The lecture also explained types of genetic screening including newborn screening, prenatal diagnosis, carrier testing, and testing for adult-onset disorders.
Ridgely Fisk Green, MMSc, PhD
Ridgely Fisk Green, MMSc, PhD is a American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Public Health Genetics Fellow with the Pediatric Genetics Team at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ridgely received a B.A. from Princeton University, a Masters in Medical Sciences (M.M.Sc.) from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University. Prior to joining the CDC in September 2004, Ridgely spent a year teaching biology to Harvard undergraduates and summer students, and she greatly admires anyone who teaches full time! At the CDC, Ridgely’s projects include researching how family history information can be used in pediatrics, the genetics of fetal alcohol syndrome, and ways to identify genes that influence who is affected during disease outbreaks.
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