2019 Spring “FACTalks”

Tuesday, May 21: Leta Steffen

DNA Testing for Ancestry and Health Information”

DNA testing has moved out of the clinical labs over the last decade and is easily available straight to consumers. We will start with an overview of genetic inheritance, and what these labs are looking for in your DNA. We will then discuss what this data can and can’t tell you about your ancestry and health, as well as the implications for your family and genetic privacy.

Leta is an Applications Scientist at Promega Corporation based in Madison, WI, where she is involved with molecular biology research and training. She received a B.A. in Biology and Physics from Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University. As a graduate student, Leta mapped novel genetic mutations causing muscular dystrophy, using zebrafish as a model organism.