Jehannine Austin’s own family medical history was the primary driver behind her career trajectory. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are common in her family, and she embarked on a Ph.D. in neuropsychiatric genetics
“In general, there are cultural influences on the decision” to remove healthy breasts and ovaries, said Joy Larsen Haidle, a genetic counselor at the Humphrey Cancer Center in Minneapolis
There are also about 20 genetic tests that can assess one’s risk of suffering an aneurysm—a bulging blood vessel that can be fatal if it bursts in the brain or the aorta that feeds the heart.
"Opioid addiction, like most human behavioral traits, is a very complex issue that is hugely unlikely to be comprehensively explained by a small set of genetic variations," said Austin.