Learning About Genes and Genetics

Dr. Arelis Martir-Negron, Medical Geneticist with Miami Cancer Institute, thinks everything is genetics (every function of the body, the way we look), but she also believes that environmental and psychosocial are important too.

She describes in case of cancer, geneticists are looking to see if somebody was born with predisposition. She also says everybody was born with approximately 20 thousand genes, and specialists search if anything was found in the genome project.

Jessica Ordonez, Clinical Genetics Manager and Counselor with Miami Cancer Institute, affirms cancer always is genetic, but the most important thing is trying to determine if it is hereditary.

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