Introduction to the Video
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We all inherit certain things from our parents and the way that we inherit them from our parents is through little things called genes, that basically are kind of like a recipe, that tell our body how to grow and how to function.
Cathy Burson is a mom . . . but she’s also a professional medical specialist. As a mother, she wants what is best for her child. As a professional, she looks out for the welfare of other parents and their children.
Cathy is a genetic counselor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Working in the field that I do, you see so much stuff that can go wrong that you forget that 97 percent of the time people walk around perfectly healthy and nothing ever happens.
But when things do go wrong, Cathy Burson is there to help. Part scientist and detective, part teacher and friend, Cathy investigates genetic diseases and helps families cope with them.
Sometimes the disease is rare and hard to understand. Most of Cathy’s patients are young children whose parents are concerned about their health and future.
I always think genetics is kind of like detective work. And so we’re basically like medical detectives trying to figure out exactly what the answers to the puzzle are.
|This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation
under Grant No. 9909496.
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