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iROC: Direct to Consumer DNA Tests: Hype or Hope?

Mar 07

12:45 PM1:45 PM
Kaplan Library Room 218

Direct to Consumer DNA Tests: Hype or Hope?Merkhofer

iROC - Investigating Research on Campus

Please be with us March 7th when Evan Merkhofer, Division of Natural Sciences, will present Direct to Consumer DNA Tests: Hype or Hope?.

23andMe. AncestryDNA. FamilyFinder. Chances are you have come across names such as these recently. The popularity of these Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) DNA tests has exploded over the last few years. In fact, more people took genetic ancestry tests in 2017 than every previous year combined, and it is estimated that about 12 million people will have taken at least one of these tests by the end of 2018. Are these tests truly a breakthrough in the fields of ancestry and medicine? Or is it all just hype?

In this presentation, Dr. Merkhofer will discuss the science behind how these tests work and the type of information provided to the consumer. The reliability of DTC DNA tests, as well as some of the potential issues that arise, will also be addressed. Join us to learn more about this growing phenomenon.

Evan Merkhofer is an Assistant Professor of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences. Dr. Merkhofer graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he did his dissertation work studying gene expression in breast cancer. He did his postdoctoral work in Tracy Johnson’s lab at the University of California San Diego before coming to the Mount in 2014. Dr. Merkhofer’s interest is in studying the mechanisms of how genes are expressed, and teaches classes in Genetics, Molecular Biology and Virology.

Direct to Consumer DNA Tests: Hype or Hope? will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 in the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546,

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