[ RadSafe ] Fwd: Job

JPreisig at aol.com JPreisig at aol.com
Fri Oct 31 00:51:01 CDT 2014

HeLa = Henrietta Lacks cells
 From: JPreisig at aol.com
To: mirrae at verizon.net
Sent: 10/30/2014 1:30:50  P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Job

      Cost prohibitive is probably right.   Maybe cost will come down some 
with time???  Perhaps families with well  established genetic problems could 
have DNA analysis of 5 to 10 genome traits  at lower cost.
Remind me what HeLa cells are???
      Joe P.
In a message dated 10/30/2014 9:33:20 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
mirrae at verizon.net writes:

As you indicate, the cost is between 2K-15K $.  This is  prohibitive to 
most families and is not yet covered by insurance.  The  BRCA gene responsible 
for ovarian and breast cancers has recently been added  to the testing 
allowed by the insurance companies.  The cost was  originally 1.5K - 2K $.  Great 
discussion of this in book about  Henrietta Lacks that came out a few years 
ago.  See The Immortal  Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Its the 
history behind the  HeLa cells we came to know and love in Alan's class.  

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:12 AM,  "JPreisig at aol.com" 
<JPreisig at aol.com> wrote:

     Apparently this screening can eliminate  tay-sachs disease also...
     Joe P.
     UC/Davis---LLNL joint MS/PhD program in  Applied Physics/Applied 
 From: JPreisig at aol.com
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Sent:  10/30/2014 2:36:43 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Job

     Job at NIST involving DNA  (google  USAJOBS  then NIST) for people 
with physics degrees.
     Recent program on 60 Minutes (Last Sunday  ---USA TV) about genetic 
screening using sperm/eggs and/or saliva.   Cost now about $2K to $15K.  
Couples interested in producing kids can  have their DNA screened to eliminate 
possibility of children getting many  genetic diseases.  Seriously eliminate.  
Maybe 60 Minutes  website has more on this.  Also google genetic screening. 
 Some  cancers may be screened also.
    Joe Preisig    

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