College of Allied Health Professions

Celebrating DNA Day!

By Jessie Poskochil and Charlie King Did you know that James C. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered that DNA is in the shape of a double helix in 1953? This remains one of the major milestones in scientific discovery. Fifty years later, the Human Genome Project was completed, marking the creation of a reference sequence for the entire human genome. These discoveries are some… Continue Reading

World Down Syndrome Day

by Genetic Counseling students Sierra Clark, Madison McPherson, and Emily Toering Many people have heard of Down syndrome, though fewer may be able to answer the question “what is it?” As World Down Syndrome Day approaches on March 21, let’s explore this question with the aim of increasing awareness and promoting solidarity with our friends, family, and community members diagnosed with Down syndrome. Down syndrome… Continue Reading

Individually Rare, Collectively Common

By Elyssa Gray, Erin Loughney, & Katie Tlusty Rare disease dayOver 300 million people worldwide are affected by a rare disease. In the United States alone, there are over 7,000 rare diseases affecting around 30 million people. Individually, these diseases are rare, but rare diseases are collectively common. Rare diseases span the medical spectrum from mild to severe. Examples of rare conditions include some forms… Continue Reading