About us

Geneticist Sharon L. R. Kardia and journalist Tevah Platt aim to collect and present information about genetics that’s useful for everyone, and especially timely for moms, dads, and people who are planning parenthood.

Our genes are inside all of our cells and are actively involved at every moment of our lives: When we’re gestating, losing teeth, growing armpit hair, digesting donuts, having babies, ailin’, healin’, and goin’ grey.

We’re developing a pregnancy timeline as a window into our genomic story, even though it relates to all of us at all times. We hope that mothers, and others, will explore.

Who we are

Geneticist Sharon L. R. Kardia, PhD:

I got into genetics because of a very personal revelation.

I was 6 or 7, and my mom was reading a book out loud, with me on one side and my sister on the other.  I don’t look anything like my mom and we don’t have at all the same body shape.  But I was watching my mother’s hands turn the page and I suddenly asked her to stop and I looked at her hands, and I looked at mine.  I looked at her hands again, and I looked at mine.  I realized, “I have my mother’s hands!”

…Later, at 13, I was complaining about having to do a science report and someone gave me this National Geographic article about genetics that I read over and over again.  In it I saw that we’re all related.

For me, genetics isn’t about disease at all. It’s about family and relationships, and it’s about the incredible orchestration of the world inside that makes the world outside so rich.

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Journalist Tevah Platt:

I am not a scientist.  Yet the field of genetics so permeates our culture that, before I even open a book, I can claim a very basic understanding of concepts that have explained, altered, and shaken the world, from Mendel and Darwin to Watson, Crick, and Dolly the Sheep.

These figures matter to us because genetics is socially relevant.  And genetics is personally relevant– to everyone, but especially to parents-to-be.  I am interested in learning about this field, in exploring the intersection of biology and people’s everyday experiences, and in sharing information that may well remind people how awesome it is to be alive.

Our genes, in every cell of our bodies, connect us to our pasts and our futures.  They explain ourselves, at least a little.  And they are conductors of the mysterious symphony of life.

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